Week 1: The Roots of Popular Culture: From Blackface Minstrelsy to the Harlem Renaissance… and Beyond

Bubble SistersThis week, we talked about the roots of American and global popular culture in the tradition of blackface minstrelsy, and connections between African-American culture and popular culture in general in America. We explored this through video, recordings, audio, texts, and lecture. This brings us from 1845 to roughly 1945.

Here are some videos, mp3s, and texts of some use to the class:

Minstrelsy and Blackface:

The Harlem Renaissance:

Langston Hughes:

    • The Negro Speaks of Rivers (mp3) (text)
    • Trumpet Player (mp3)
    • Let America Be America Again (text)

James Baldwin:

Bukka White:

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