British Army Recruitng Poster. British Imperialism: The policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations.
The Virginia Minstrels are generally credited with putting on the first minstrel show, lining up four actor/musicians in a row, with "Bones" at one end and "Tambo" at the other. They first appeared on stage with this act in 1842. This group was an early imitator; the sheet music is dated 1844. It was common in pictures to show minstrels in both their "whiteface" and "blackface" identities.