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The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Christopher J. Smith


This book examines the artworks, letters, sketchbooks, music collection, and biography of the painter William Sidney Mount (1807–1868) as a lens through which to see the multi-ethnic antebellum world that gave birth to blackface minstrelsy. As a young man living in the multiethnic working-class community of New York's Lower East Side, Mount took part in the black-white musical interchange his paintings depict. An avid musician and tune collector as well as an artist, he was among the first to depict vernacular fiddlers, banjo players, and dancers precisely and sympathetically. His close observ ... More

Keywords: musical culture, William Sidney Mount, blackface, minstrelsy, cultural transference, popular music, Africanization, creole synthesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037764
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher J. Smith, author
Texas Tech University