Winter 2 - Winter 2 2/4/08 What is American? From Stephen...

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Winter 2 2/4/08 What is American? From Stephen Foster to “After the Ball” -pg. 77 sarah siddoms -pre-civil war -coon songs Sounded and looked like raccoons Lead to minstrels Amos and Andy created stereotypes to entertain each other. Why was there a fear of blacks in the post-civil war era? “white guilt” Stephen Foster “Old Folks at Home”- (1851) Pre-Civil War White’s perception of black talk. Thought that blacks could not master the v-sound What color is the person singing the song? Ostensibly, this person is black They’re expressing Considered the most famous folk song What makes us inclined to say it is a folk song? Sentimentality Self-pitying Wallows Dvorak Sharecropping You raise crops and you sell then for money and you have to share your crops with the person who has rented you the land You get a piece of the land harvested And it was never enough to break even Conditions were dreadful
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2009 for the course PERFORMING GE cluster taught by Professor Winter during the Winter '08 term at UCLA.

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Winter 2 - Winter 2 2/4/08 What is American? From Stephen...

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