Ragtime Post

Ragtime was the first African American music genre to be popularized in mainstream american culture. Although this genre was popular, in mainstream media it degraded black people. This was done through the use of cakewalks, blackface and minstrel shows. In order to perform black men had to dress in black face and clothes that portrayed them to be stereotypes. Ragtime was played with “swag” by blacks and included a syncopated melody.

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