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

Nicholas Sammond, Author
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A slate of available short-subject films in a 1929 issue of the MGM Distributor offers a blend of blackface, ethnic, and racially unmarked acts, indicating the ongoing importance of racial formations developed in vaudeville to emergent sound film exhibition practices. 

With the coming of sound, performers who had previously worked in vaudeville could appear on film in multiple spaces simultaneously, reducing the need for live entertainment in movie theatres, hence the employment of regional and local vaudevillians.

Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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