W&M professor explores blackface minstrelsy in America and abroad in new book

Blackface, dark makeup worn by a performer in a caricature of the appearance of a Black person, is now widely considered unacceptable in mainstream American culture  but that wasn’t always the case. 

William & Mary professor Chinua Thelwell explores its history in the United States and abroad in his new book “Exporting Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in South Africa and Beyond.” 

The topic is in the news again recently, as companies review branding that stems from minstrelsy for product lines such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s. 

“Blackface minstrel shows portrayed enslaved…

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