According to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, The first minstrel shows were performed in 1830s New York by white performers with blackened faces (most used burnt cork or shoe polish) and tattered clothing who imitated and mimicked enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. These performances characterized blacks as lazy, ignorant, superstitious, hypersexual, and prone to thievery and cowardice. Find an image that represents the minstrel shows and black face of the 1800s. Then, find a modern image that stands as an example of how this phenomenon is manifested today (figuratively or literally). Copy and Paste both images into a document, with a 500-word exploration of the following:
Explain the historic context of minstrel shows and blackface in early American society.
Describe how the legacy of both are still manifested today.
[*******All assignments must comply with standard MLA or APA formatting requirements, and contain at least one source (your textbook counts).
BOOK: From Slavery to Freedom, 9th Edition
John Hope Franklin; Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
ISBN: 978-0-07-296378-6 *********]
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