Lesson 2: Minstrelsy and Race Relations
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To what extent do you feel that racial stereotyping still operates in the culture of American popular music? In American culture generally?
Does an understanding of minstrelsy help us understand how and why race relations in America have developed in the way that they have? Why or why not?
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