Early American Music and the Construction of Race: An Interdisciplinary Workshop Co-organized by Glenda Goodman (University of Pennsylvania) and Rhae Lynn Barnes (Princeton University) Oct. 11-12, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania Racial ideology is baked into the cultural and music history of early America. Native peoples and colonists heard each other’s music as indicators… MORE

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The Fourth of July is an iconic American celebration characterized by parades, fireworks, and backyard barbeques. But where did the history of the Fourth of July holiday begin and how did celebrations change over time? In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776 as Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. On this day in 1776,… MORE

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What is the role of colorism in black female sexuality and the division of labor in slavery? Most slave narratives have a ‘moment of racial consciousness’ where the speaker first discovers they are enslaved. What was that moment of racial consciousness and enslavement for Linda/Harriet Jacobs? How does Jacobs argue slavery corrupts white Americans? How… MORE

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Introductory Note (from Professor Rhae Lynn Barnes): This interactive film analysis focused on Paris Blues (film embedded below) was created by Lucas Bohlinger, an undergraduate in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Paris Blues is an American feature-length film directed by Martin Ritt on location in Paris, France, during 1961 staring Sidney Poitier (playing Eddie… MORE

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