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Ring Shout, Wheel About – The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery

Katrina Dyonne Thompson


This book examines the conceptualization and staging of race through the performance, sometimes coerced, of black dance from the slave ship to the minstrel stage. The book shows how these performances informed white European and American understandings of race, influenced interactions between whites and blacks, and often held conflicting meanings in enslaved people's lives. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, the book explicates how black performances in music and dance was used by white Europeans and Americans to justify enslavement, perpetuate the existing racial hierarchy, and mask the br ... More

Keywords: black dance, slave ships, performances, white Europeans, enslavement, racial hierarchy, slave trade, music and dance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038259
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katrina Dyonne Thompson, author
Saint Louis University

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