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Minstrel Show Walkaround

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Published on Jan 9, 2013

Every minstrel show began with a "walkaround" or "parade" -- the company marching onto the stage singing and dancing. A staple of walkaround was the cakewalk. White audiences loved the cakewalk, not realizing that it originated with plantation slaves imitating their master's walk. In this screen recreation, the actors are not in blackface but in a real minstrel show nearly all of the men would have been "blacked-up." Read more about the history of blackface and minstrel shows at http://black-face.com

Clip used with permission of the copyright holder: Kit Parker Films

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