Minstrel Shows and Variety Shows
Lecture no. 4 from the course: America's Musical Heritage
Taught by Professor Anthony Seeger | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses
In this lecture, Professor Seeger wrestles with the development of American minstrel shows in the 1830s, with their roots in slavery and racial stereotypes. Then, he reveals how these problematic shows laid the groundwork for other musical traditions, including circuses, medicine shows, and the popular entertainment known as vaudeville.