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Dan Emmett and the Rise of Negro Minstrelsy, paperback
Dan Emmett and the Rise of Negro Minstrelsy
The definitive work about Dan Emmett and the early years of the American minstrel era.

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Dan Emmett and the Rise of Negro Minstrelsy, paperback
By Hans Nathan
University of Oklahoma Press, copyright 1962 (Second printing, 1977 edition)

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Discover the Life and Times of the Enigmatic Man Who Literally Set the Stage for the American Pop Music Industry

Daniel Decatur Emmett:

  • Drummer, fifer, circus boy, banjoist, fiddler, dancer, singer, comedian, songwriter
  • Founder of musical group that launched the minstrel craze
  • Staunch Yankee
  • Composer of "Dixie"
  • Co-author of 1862 U.S. Army fife and drum manual
Fact-Filled Story of an American Entertainment Phenomenon that Spanned More than One-Hundred Years
This rare out-of-print book is the definitive work about Dan Emmett and the early years of the minstrel era. It gives you an in-depth look at Dan Emmett and reveals many little known facts and events that lead to the beginnings of the popular American tradition of blackface minstrelsy.

  • 58 B&W Illustrations
  • 119 Musical Examples
  • Heavily Footnoted
  1. Negro Impersonations and songs in Late Eighteenth-Century England
  2. The Activities of the English Composer Charles Dibdin
  3. Negro Impersonations and Songs in the Early Thirties
  4. Indigenous Negro Minstrel Types (1820-1840)
  5. Negro Minstrel Dances
  6. Dan Emmett's Youth
  7. Emmett's Career in the Thirties
  8. The Virginia Minstrels in New York and Boston
  9. The Performance of the Virginia Minstrels
  10. The Virginia Minstrels in Great Britain
  11. The First Negro Minstrel Band and Its Origins
  12. Early Minstrel tunes
  13. Early Banjo Tunes and American Syncopation
  14. Emmett's Activities During the Forties and Fifties
  15. Emmett on the Stage of the Bryant's Minstrels and His Walk-Arounds
  16. "Dixie"
  17. Emmett's Later Life
Bibliography of the Works of D. D. Emmett
Selective List of Sources
General Index
Index of Song Titles in Anthology

  • Condition: Excellent.
  • Musical Examples: 119 plates w/musical notation.
  • Illustrations: 58 Black and white illustrations.
  • Format: Large 6-3/4" by 9-1/2" pages make pictures and musical notation easy to see.
  • Includes: Bibliography of the Works of Dan Emmett and Selective List of Sources.
  • Heavily footnoted: Hundreds of citations.

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