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

Nicholas Sammond, Author
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This is an overview of the book Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation. It asks, why were so many trademark characters in early American commercial animation blackface minstrels? It also asks how animation's blackface history relates to the recent proliferation of blackface in American popular culture.

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