Sign in or register
for additional privileges

Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation

Nicholas Sammond, Author
Race, page 6 of 25


You appear to be using an older verion of Internet Explorer. For the best experience please upgrade your IE version or switch to a another web browser.

Race, Page 221

Trader Mickey's African river adventure appeared year after the release of Trader Horn (1931), a pre-code adventure film and the first non-documentary shot on location in Africa; and Frank Buck's Bring 'Em Back Alive (1932), another "jungle" film based on the popular works animal collector Frank Buck.

Mickey appears to be peddling goods, but which? Perhaps he is a dry-goods merchant, shifting between various colonial outposts. Perhaps, in a darker reading,  Mickey is a slave-trader. A minstrel, neither black nor white, Mickey inhabits a liminal zone, in his body and in space. 

The geography of Trader Mickey blurs the images of the Old South with those of Africa, suggesting the fantastic, transnational blackness at the roots of minstrelsy. As a performative practice, minstrelsy used the ethnographic conceit of being based upon the dances and songs of enslaved Africans on plantations. 

Comment on this page

Discussion of "Race, Page 221"

Add your voice to this discussion.

Checking your signed in status ...

Previous page on path Race, page 6 of 25 Next page on path

Related:  Labor, Page 122Introduction, Page 14Space, Page 138Performance, Page 47Performance, Page 34Performance, Page 46Labor, Page 113Labor, Page 88Space, Page 188Space, Page 170Race, Page 219Conclusion, Page 291Introduction, Page 30Conclusion, Page 268Space, Page 190Conclusion, Page 304Conclusion, Page 296Performance, Page 54Space, Page 182Race, Page 232Labor, Page 129Labor, Page 128Space, Page 165Introduction, Page 15Race, Page 239Introduction, Page 26Performance, Page 84Space, Page 159Space, Page 141Space, Page 150Labor, Page 131Race, Page 247Performance, Page 60Race, Page 224Introduction, Page 23Conclusion, Page 298Space, Page 191Race, Page 230Labor, Page 109Space, Page 162Race, Page 229Introduction, Page 21Introduction, Page 6Performance, Page 43Introduction, Page 9Conclusion, Page 289Space, Page 197Labor, Page 112Performance, Page 45Labor, Page 123Race, Page 225Introduction, Page 12Conclusion, Page 274Introduction, Page 2Race, Page 206Space, Page 194Space, Page 193Race, Page 213Race, Page 231Conclusion, Page 275Race, Page 261Space, Page 171Space, Page 156Labor, Page 93Space, Page 172Race, Page 253Space, Page 155Space, Page 137Space, Page 181Performance, Page 82Race, Page 220Race, Page 245Labor, Page 110Space, Page 146Space, Page 184Race, Page 251Race, Page 252Space, Page 175Labor, Page 119Race, Page 257Race, Page 254Performance, Page 62Performance, Page 41Space, Page 148Conclusion, Page 302Race, Page 248Labor, Page 133Labor, Page 132Performance, Page 74Race, Page 204Conclusion, Page 300Conclusion, Page 286Performance, Page 42Labor, Page 101Labor, Page 98Introduction, Page 1Space, Page 169introduction-page-22Performance, Page 78Introduction, Page 18Space, Page 163Race, Page 235Space, Page 178Labor, Page 102Conclusion, Page 278Space, Page 189Space, Page 183Space, Page 143Performance, Page 70Space, Page 152Introduction, Page 29Performance, Page 50Performance, Page 56Conclusion, Page 303Space, Page 187Performance, Page 72Performance, Page 44Conclusion, Page 273Conclusion, Page 292Conclusion, Page 272Race, Page 258Introduction, Page 20Performance, Page 35Introduction, Page 16Performance, Page 52Performance, Page 67Performance, Page 80Space, Page 177Introduction, Page 4Conclusion, Page 284Labor, Page 96Labor, Page 126Space, Page 195Conclusion, Page 290Performance, Page 77Performance, Page 40Space, Page 192