Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture. Front Cover. John Strausbaugh. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, John Strausbaugh examines this phenomenon in Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture, a book. BLACK LIKE YOU. Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture. By John Strausbaugh. Tarcher/Penguin. pp.

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But he defends it, at least in its early pre-mass marketed form, on the same grounds of “rebellious youth. Is there a connection between ethnic humor and racial hatred? From Race Movies to White Chicks 8. Add both to Cart Add both to List. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Its associations with black culture, or at least white’s ideas of what black culture was, made it all the more rebellious to s youth.

Although blackface performance came to be denounced as purely racist mockery, and shamefacedly erased from most modern accounts of American cultural history, Black Like You shows that the impact of blackface on American culture was deep and long-lasting. I like books that are easy to read, and a lot of history books are very much over my head.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Black Like You is an erudite and entertaining exploration of race relations in American popular culture. Particularly compelling is the author’s ability to tackle blackface–a strange, often scandalous, and now taboo entertainment. It shows what looks like an entire African tribe lining up the streets of Chicago and making fools of themselves. Though it contains many gape inducing cultural revelations, the book feels uneven, inconclusive, and sometimes indecisive.

Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult, and Imitation in American Popular Culture

Provided nice historical background for the minstrel show and cultural swapping in America. From Race Movies to White Chicks 8.

A discussion of European and Stgausbaugh slavery from on leads into the history of Europeans displaying Africans as “exotica” at World’s Fairs and the “Great Ethnological Congress. There are so many themes in this serious book – no reason serious has to be solemn – that’s it’s hard to know where to begin, but a main theme is that blackface entertainment can be understood as youth rebellion, as much as or even more than some fundamentally racist trope.


These issues aren’t discussed in any detail. Sadly, African American and Hispanics are almost exclusively portrayed as criminals in the media. May 31, Nahliah rated it liked it Recommends it for: These very provocative sections make a convincing argument that most American entertainment has its ultimate roots in 19th century minstrelsy. Black Like You begins by painting a picture of Strausbaugn in the 21st century, and traces back the history of the racist tradition all the way back to European colonists mocking powerful Zulu warriors.

In any case, not many Americans know Chuck Knipp, who is rather a cult figure with white homosexual men, and I venture not even many of them.

Near the beginning of Black Like You, Strausbaugh lines up the nativists — arguing “that American culture was and always had been the culture the first Europeans had dtrausbaugh with them across the Atlantic” — lije the multiculturalists, who subscribe to the melting pot theory and rally “against the evil, imperialist, genocidal, sexist, racist, homophobic, exclusionist culture the Founding Fathers brought with them and transplanted here.

Ax Me About Ebonics. Liquor is self-proclaimed “ignunt” but really a woman with few of the opportunities of Betty Butterfield doing the best she can in an unforgiving world.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Some of the book gets pretty far away from popular culture. His hillbilly minstrel hit, “Jump Jim Crow,” sparked a craze that lasted another 50 years as the dominant form of popular music in the United States, before giving way to vaudeville and ragtime. Account Options Sign in. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, syrausbaugh it a second life.

I thought had he done more of the research himself and came to more critical decisions it would have been a better outing. Strausbaugh also presents the history of the white man in Blackface, and the power of his role as an oppressor. A refreshingly clearheaded and taboo-breaking look at race in America reveals our culture as neither Black nor White nor Other, but a mix-a mongrel.


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Pages with related products. Few, but movies showing blacks as uneducated barbarians were being created and received by an audience eager to understand a mysterious culture. However, this excellently detailed account provides a more sympathetic examination of blackface — defined here as “a form of racist caricature invented likd White Americans in the minstrel-show days of the s” — than Lee’s moralizing assessment.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Sadly, his analysis of a culture of oppression is accurate. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Clearly, this is a cultural phenomenon that is not easy to pin down.

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Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith. Hardcoverpages. Although blackface performance came to be denounced as purely racist mockery, and shamefacedly erased from most modern accounts of American cultural history, Strausbaugh shows that, nevertheless, its impact has been deep and longlasting. The power of blackface to engender mortification and rage in Americans to this day is reason enough to examine what it tells us about our culture and ourselves.

Particularly compelling is Strausbaugh’s eagerness to tackle blackface-a strange, often scandalous, and now taboo entertainment.

Aubrey rated it it was amazing Dec 25, Society attempts to recreate the ideals portrayed on the silver screen, giving Hollywood and celebrities the power to shape our concept of normal.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Read it Forward Read it first. It’s also telling that I don’t remember who the black person who covered that song is anymore and that I love the Beatles and know all their music now.