MUS114 – Winter 2021 – Week 2


  1. Reading Response: Due Friday at 11:59 California Time
    1. Try to give a good overview of the reading’s arguments and central thesis.
      1. Demonstrate to me that you read the piece.
  2. Check in: How did week 1 go for everyone?
  3. If it is ok for you to do so, please turn on your camera! 🙂


  1. Roediger 1999. “White Skins, Black Masks: Minstrelsy and White Working Class Formation Before the Civil War.” In The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class, revised edition. Pp 115-131.
    1. History and Context
      1. Where and when are we talking about?
      2. Who are the stakeholders when we talk about Minstrelsy?
    2. Pages 122-27. “…blackface entertainment was not merely about race relations but also about social relations among whites” (pg 123). Describe two specific social uses of blackface for white people, other than its use in overt racism.
      1. Race as a construction.
        1. Whiteness is what we call an “unmarked” race.
        2. Howie in UCSB Sociology!
        3. Elevation of Whiteness
      2. Stereotyping, enduring and durable aspects of minstrelsy.
        1. What are some examples of Blackface and minstrelsy you can think about from the past 5 years?

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