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

Nicholas Sammond, Author
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Race, Page 242

In On Strike (1920), the cartoon characters Mutt and Jeff negotiate with their creator, Bud Fisher, over their hours and percentages on net profits from each film.

Blackface minstrelsy has always been concerned with the alienation of labor, freedom and desire. Whether in cartoons, in live film or on the stage, the performance practice relies on a comic denial of the horror of slavery as forced labor to produce fantasies surrounding the meaning of blackness.
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