Blackface on YouTube

Selections of links on YouTube:  On the one hand, the blackface tradition has been buried (not gone–just buried) in North American popular performance culture since the early years of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.  The Internet, however, has created an environment for the distribution of everything by everybody.  A few minutes on YouTube will resurrect a range of imagery and of performance.  The following selection of examples has been compiled by Michael Reinhart, with material from Stephen Johnson, Lydia Wilkinson and Steph Berntson:

A Stump Speech performed by Slim Williams (1951)

Scenes from Uncle Tom’s Cabin

An Array of Minstrel Dance

The Youtube channel, which contains an array of material

A banned Warner Bros cartoon ‘Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs”

Siah Bâzi: an Iranian performance tradition, performed in a variation on blackface

Scene’s from Stephen Foster biopic/musical “I Dream of Jeanie” (1952), which depicts a portrayal of Christy’s Minstrels

Zip Coon as performed by the 2nd South Carolina String Band

The list goes on and on with (at least) 20 pages of video tagged when searching ‘blackface minstrel show’