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Blackface: a brief history

Ayanna Thompson discusses the history of blackface – a story spanning William Shakespeare, US race relations and Dartmoor Prison

Published: May 12, 2021 at 12:34 pm
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Professor Ayanna Thompson, author of Blackface, discusses the long history of blackface performances and minstrelsy – a story that spans William Shakespeare, US race relations and Dartmoor Prison.


Ayanna Thompson is the author of Blackface (Bloomsbury, 2021)

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