feasting and dancing-Music played a central part in English culture at this time. Manuscripts contain many images of musicians and musical instruments, but also show the range of settings in which music was performed. This included religious rituals such as the daily cycle of prayers performed by monks, and also non-religious settings such as banquets, balls, tournaments and fairs.
Early on, the roles that Blacks portrayed in any form of media was the "mammy" "uncle tom" "buck" "wench/jezebel" "mulatto" or "pickaninny" Sometimes, most times, blacks weren't even cast by blacks. They had whites in blackface portray Blacks on stage. http://black-face.com/
Ned Haverly, grandson of J.H. Haverly who ran the United Mastodon Minstrels. Since he learned his act from one of the great 19th century minstrels shows, we get a good glimpse into how minstrel shows really looked and sounded.
You are viewing a picture portraying a Minstrel. This is a lithograph advertising the William West Minstrel Show. The Lithograph was created in 1900, by the Strobridge Lithograph Company. Minstrel shows involved white men painting their faces black, and then putting on a show. The shows typically portrayed blacks as ignorant and of low class. The Minstrel show provided entertainment at the expense of African Americans.
The American minstrel performer Japanese Tommy, aka Thomas Dilward, circa 1860. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. "Thomas Dilward (1840–1902), also known by the stage name Japanese Tommy, was an African American dwarf who performed in the blackface minstrel show". (Wiki)
Racist Symbols At the turn of the century, African Americans were most often portrayed in a very racist manner. The image above is a lithograph advertising a Minstrel show, which is a typical racist image of the day. The black man is portrayed as a fat lazy man, guarding his watermelon patch. Three black children are shown attempting to steal the black man's watermelons. The image was created by the Strobridge Lithograph company in 1900, and portrays Blacks in a very negative manner.