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History: American Popular Culture Week 2

by: Clare Field

History: American Popular Culture Week 2 HIST 142D

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Clare Field
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American Popular Culture
Mary Corey
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history, Minstelsy, blackface, Culture, Pop, popular, African Americans
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Clare Field on Monday April 11, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to HIST 142D at University of California - Los Angeles taught by Mary Corey in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 54 views. For similar materials see American Popular Culture in History at University of California - Los Angeles.


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Date Created: 04/11/16
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 History: American Popular Culture Week 2 - Lecture 1 - Minstrelsy America’s first popular culture • • desire / interest with black culture • taking and using their culture, not necessarily taking it and trashing it • ‘thefts’ - go back and forth - not indiscriminate - copying, stealing - you steal what you want - what is taken and how it is used tells you something about those who take it and those whose culture is taken - culture loops around - there are cross currents - No one is doubting the history of racism + marginalization - but there are connections between the two cultures - an interesting, strange collaboration - Conglomeration of different tongues brought to America created the American language • language was spoken in so-called English - but peculiarities were brought from Scotland, Ireland, Africa - languages co-mingled • America became a linguistic melting-pot • words borrowed from African language - e.g. hippy - ‘hip’, jig, jive, honky 
 - Young adults - at ease with each other, hanging with each other - made older adults anxious - popular culture often stems from youth culture • attempts by adults to mute this culture e.g. putting warning labels on albums for explicit content - they fear the culture, fear it glorifies violence / will lead youth astray - popular cultures is subversive - intends to disrupt establishment 1 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - Jim Crow - character appeared in minstrel shows - most popular entertainment of the 19th century - minstrelsy • a means through which whites could satisfy their desire and curiosity surround black culture 
 - Final statement - black people wearing black face - could become a cartoon version of themselves - mocking themselves, they appeared not to be in control, but they had enormous power in how they chose to portray their culture and mock themselves Week 2 - Lecture 2 - Master Juba • black people in black face opened the door • black minstrel troops, white, white + black - minstrel shows mid 19th century - ‘Dance Jim Crow’ - Jim Crow - character in African American folklore - minstrel show became highly organized, formulaic - 1950s - minstrel shows banned in south 
 - Stephen Foster • famous American songwriter • wanted to become an Ethiopian composer, write the best black music - immerse himself fully in the culture • identified with blackness 
 2 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - Irving Berlin • midtown manhattan, restaurant waiter 
 - Given what is available - how are you to succeed / exert your agency? • survival - jester - exuding a happy, entertaining character - forces join - entertainment plays role in political economy • slaves had to stoop low to remain inferior to their masters - masters in the US not all that intelligent 3


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