The History of Minstrelsy
1) For this blog post, choose at least four (4) key concepts from Grazian Ch. 1 and use them as inspiration to describe four questions about Blackface Minstrelsy, which you learned about from the Lott reading and the online exhibit, The History of Minstrelsy. Explain to the reader why these concepts provoke the questions you have, and how answering those questions will help us understand blackface as a cultural object, the context within which it is produced and consumed, and/or what we learn about America and the United States by studying blackface critically. Use specific references to class readings and to the cultural objects you encountered in the online exhibit. Cite using basic MLA or Chicago style parenthetical citations with a bibliography at the end of your post as necessary. 2)Write 1-2 sentences on a list of what you consider to be the five (5) most important terms or concepts from Grazian, Ch. 1. Look the whole Chapter over and think about what the main arguments of the chapter are and then decide what terms or concepts best lead toward that overall argument. 3)From reading this chapter and learning about blackface minstrelsy, why do you think Lott describes America’s original popular cultural object in terms of love and theft? What (or who) is being loved? What (or who) is being stolen? Write a short paragraph in your notebook exploring these questions.