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The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era$
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Mark E. Neely Jr.

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829868

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876947_neely

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Minstrelsy, Race, and the Boundaries of American Political Culture

Minstrelsy, Race, and the Boundaries of American Political Culture

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(p.97) Chapter 4 Minstrelsy, Race, and the Boundaries of American Political Culture
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The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era
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Mark E. Neely

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807876947_neely.7

Blackface minstrelsy has a powerful and pervasive presence in popular culture as well as the ideology of racism in America during the Civil War era. To better understand the American political culture of this period, this chapter examines the sociological and ideological content of minstrel shows and its relationship to politics. It also highlights the practice of publishing songbooks for the presidential campaigns from the period of 1848 through 1856.

Keywords:   blackface minstrelsy, minstrelsy, popular culture, racism in America, minstrel shows, politics, songbooks, presidential campaigns

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