Thompson, Katrina Dyonne.

Ring shout, wheel about : the racial politics of music and dance in North American slavery / Katrina Dyonne Thompson. - 1 online resource (x, 242 pages) : illustrations. - JSTOR eBooks .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

The script : "Africa was but a blank canvas for Europe's imagination" -- Casting : "They sang their home-songs, and danced, each with his free foot slapping the deck" -- Onstage : "Dance you damned niggers, dance" -- Backstage : "White folks do as they please, and the darkies do as they can" -- Advertisement : "Dancing through the Streets and act lively" -- Same script, different actors : "Eb'ry time I weel about, I jump Jim Crow" -- Epilogue : the show must go on -- -

"In this ambitious project, historian Katrina Thompson examines the conceptualization and staging of race through the performance, sometimes coerced, of black dance from the slave ship to the minstrel stage. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, Thompson explicates how black musical performance was used by white Europeans and Americans to justify enslavement, perpetuate the existing racial hierarchy, and mask the brutality of the domestic slave trade. Whether on slave ships, at the auction block, or on plantations, whites often used coerced performances to oppress and demean the enslaved. As Thompson shows, however, blacks' "backstage" use of musical performance often served quite a different purpose. Through creolization and other means, enslaved people preserved some native musical and dance traditions and invented or adopted new traditions that built community and even aided rebellion. Thompson shows how these traditions evolved into nineteenth-century minstrelsy and, ultimately, raises the question of whether today's mass media performances and depictions of African Americans are so very far removed from their troublesome roots"--

Text in English.

9780252096112 0252096118 1306980917 9781306980913

629342 MIL 22573/ctt72b73t JSTOR

Slaves--Southern States--Songs and music.
Slaves--Social life and customs.--United States
Race in the theater--History.--United States
Theater and society--History.--United States
African American dance--History.
Slavery--Justification.--United States
Plantation life--United States.
Racism in popular culture--History.--United States

E443 / .T49 2014