Boggs

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Boggs

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Andrew Boggs

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The American Stage: Writing on the Theater from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner
This book contains an interesting section written in 1906 by Mark Twain (pg. 84-89). In the section, Twain reminisces about the old minstrel shows he saw and loved, providing first hand accounts of the shows themselves. Most notably, he is very…

Blacks and Pre-Jazz Instrumental Music
I found this image in an essay by Brian Klitz. The image is dated to a book filed with the Library of Congress on August 16, 1854. The image is either a page, or possibly a cover, from a method book. The book is clearly designed for black dance…

Blacks and Pre-Jazz Instrumental Music in America
This newspaper article from the New York Clipper was printed on March 25, 1882. The article was presumably written by a well-traveled Englishman named H.P. Grattan. The article details an 1842 experience with entertainment in a private residence…

All Coons Look Alike to Me
I first came across this song when reading Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff’s book Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, “Coon Songs”, and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz. The song entitled “All Coons Look Alike to Me” was written by Ernest Hogan…

The Musical Ability of the Negro
This source discusses some of the pieces needed for the transition from ragtime to jazz. Ragtime, and the earlier minstrel shows, were widely popular and successful. While these shows brought attention to African American musicians, the attention…

Negro-American Music: Or the Origin of Jazz III
This article first discusses the actual structure and formation of jazz music. The source also gives valuable information on the early effect jazz had on society. Discussed extensively were the changes jazz had on dance and music clubs. While jazz…

The Negro in Dramatic Art
This source comes from a journal article by George C. Grant entitled “The Negro in Dramatic Art” written in 1932. What I immediately noticed was the author’s claim that African Americans were making a conscientious attempt to improve their standing…

Has the Negro Arrived?
W.S. Turner’s 1927 journal article entitled “Has the Negro Arrived?” details the emergence of the New Negro. More importantly, Turner explains this emergence through the context of jazz music. His argument is especially important because it…

This is the song "All Coons Look Alike to Me", written by Ernest Hogan. This version is performed by Arthur Collins.
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