Minstrel Shows

Introduction

White actors would dress up in “blackface” for minstrel shows. This is where white people would paint their faces black with black features to portray African Americans as brainless. Whites created minstrel shows solely for the entertainment of white people. These shows included performance routines with songs, dances, and dialogue that reflected what these white people thought about African Americans. Though sometimes Jubilee quartets would perform minstrel shows as a way to obtain money.

Jubilee Quartets

When it came to the Minstrel shows, both Whites and Blacks used the show to represent slave life. African American Jubilee Quartets would perform Minstrel shows as a way to earn a profit.

Al Johnson Blackface Minstrel Show

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