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Brown, T. Allston and Day, Charles. “Black Musicians and Early Ethiopian Minstrelsy.” The Black Perspective in Music, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring, 1975), pp. 77-99.

Green, Alan W. C. "Jim Crow," "Zip Coon": The Northern Origins of Negro Minstrelsy.” The Massachusetts Review, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Spring, 1970), pp. 385-397. The Massachusetts Review, Inc. (

Lhamon, W.T. "Raising Cain: Blackface performance from Jim Crow to hip hop." American Music: A Quarterly Journal Devoted To All Aspects Of American Music And Music In America, 19, no. 3 (January 1, 2001): 360. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, EBSCOhost (accessed August 14, 2012).

“Negro Minstrelsy.”   The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular, Vol. 21, No. 451 (Sep. 1, 1880), pp. 441-442. Musical Times Publications Ltd. (

Ostendorf, Berndt. “Minstrelsy & Early Jazz.” The Massachusetts Review, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Autumn, 1979), pp. 574-602. The Massachusetts Review, Inc.  (

Saxton, Alexander. “Blackface Minstrelsy and Jacksonian Ideology.” American Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Mar., 1975), pp. 3-28. The Johns Hopkins University Press.


Abbott, Lynn, and Doug Seroff. Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, "Coon Songs," and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007.

Bean, Annemarie, James Vernon Hatch, and Brooks McNamara. Inside the Minstrel Mask Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1996. <>.

Chude-Sokei, Louis Onuorah. The Last "Darky": Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 2006.

Cockrell, Dale. Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Finson, Jon W. The voices that are gone : themes in nineteenth-century American popular song. / Jon W. Finson. n.p.: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994., 1994. University of South Florida Libraries Catalog, EBSCOhost (accessed August 14, 2012).

Lott, Eric. Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Nowatzki, Robert. Representing African Americans in Transatlantic Abolitionism and Blackface Minstrelsy. n.p.: Louisiana State University Press, 2010. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), EBSCOhost (accessed August 14, 2012).

Strausbaugh, John. Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2006.

Toll, Robert C. Blacking Up: The Minstrel Show in Nineteenth Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974.

Audio-Visual Materials

De Paur, Leonard, Mari Evans, and Harry Belafonte. The Long Road to Freedom An Anthology of Black Music. [New York]: Buddha Records, 2001.

Van Keersbilck, David, Peter DiSante, Brian Mark, Roger Smith, Vincent Tufo, Percy Danforth, Matthew Heumann, and Robert B. Winans. The Early Minstrel Show. New York, NY: New World Records, 1998.

Wallace, Franklyn, et al. Monarchs of minstrelsy [electronic resource] : historic recordings by the stars of the minstrel stage. n.p.: St. Joseph, IL : Archeophone, p2006., 2006. University of South Florida Libraries Catalog, EBSCOhost (accessed August 14, 2012).

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