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"Minstrels Coming Wednesday Evening" News Article

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"Minstrels Coming Wednesday Evening" News Article

Description

From the 1890s to the 1920s Minstrel shows were featured entertainment for Pacific University students. This article reports a visiting Minstrel group that would sing six popular "coon songs" (a genre which featured heavily stereotyped depictions of black people)

At this time in Pacific's History it seemed these shows were at least an annual occurrence. The article referenced there being two more "endmen" than the previous year which meant "so much more fun." Endmen were one of the main features of the show and were frequently the performers who donned blackface and told jokes denigrating black slang and intelligence, relying on stereotypical racialized depictions. The article promises "big, black darkies" who will "keep you laughing from the time the show starts till it ends."

Few if any women of color or minorities in general attended Pacific University at this time. While not directly related to women of color, this article serves to show the presence of racist forms of entertainment and reveals Pacific was not immune to the prominent stereotypes of the time.

Date

1912

Is Part Of

Weekly Index of Pacific University (Pacific's newspaper)

Identifier

PUA_WH_103

Rights

Copyright Not Evaluated

Citation

“"Minstrels Coming Wednesday Evening" News Article,” Pacific University Archives Exhibits, accessed November 22, 2017, http://exhibits.lib.pacificu.edu/items/show/7615.

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