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Ragged But Right. Black Traveling Shows, “Coon Songs,” and … by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff (2012)

For several decades, a very distinctive form of African American minstrel show was the most popular form of entertainment for black audiences in the South, its fame covering almost the entire country by and by. The beginning of this art form (that was in parts of the country available until the late 1940s) and its […]

Siegfried Kracauer’s American Writings by J. von Molke (2012)

When Siegfried Kracauer and his wife Lili in 1941 finally could escape the Nazi regime and left tor New York fleeing Marseilles via Portugal the history of film criticism should have a fresh start …or have its initial start, depending on your point of view. Sharing the fate of many of today’s intellectuals and jack-of-all-trades […]