Minstrel Shows

Key Concept 4.2 – Developments in technology, agriculture, and commerce precipitated profound changes in U.S. settlement patterns, regional identities, gender and family relations, political power and distribution of consumer goods.





Explore this webpage. 

  • Look for changes & continuities in the treatment of “Blacks” in entertainment from the 1840s to the 1960s
  • How are “minstrel shows” related to Key Concept 4.2?
  • How did the minstrel show provide defense for that “peculiar institution”?  What does the term “peculiar institution” even mean?