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Minstrel Show Tradition, Racist Entertainment, USA, 1950s
Minstrel Show Tradition, Racist Entertainment, USA, 1950s

Minstrel Show Tradition, Racist Entertainment, USA, 1950s
A young child who finds a rest home for retired minstrel performers. In "flashback" sequences, a number of actual minstrel veterans, including Scatman Crothers, Freeman Davis (aka "Brother Bones"), Ned Haverly, Phil Arnold, "endmen" Cotton Watts and Slim Williams, the dancing team of Boyce and Evans, and the comic duo Ches Davis and Emmett Miller, perform in the roles they popularized in Minstrel shows.
The minstrel show, or minstrelsy, was an American form of racist entertainment developed in the early 19th century. Each show consisted of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music performances that depicted people specifically of African descent. The shows were performed by mostly white people in make-up or blackface for the purpose of playing the role of black people. There were also some African-American performers and black-only minstrel groups that formed and toured. Minstrel shows lampooned black people as dim-witted, buffoonish, superstitious, and happy-go-lucky.

Use of Wheels, USA, 1960s
Use of Wheels, USA, 1960s

Use of Wheels, USA, 1960s, 16mm

Spain and Portugal, Agriculture, Industry, 1960s
Spain and Portugal, Agriculture, Industry, 1960s

Spain and Portugal, Agriculture, Industry, 1960s, 16mm

Skiing, Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada, 1950s
Skiing, Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada, 1950s

Skiing, Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada, 1950s, 16mm

First Grade Teacher Helps Boy to Learn, USA, 1950s
First Grade Teacher Helps Boy to Learn, USA, 1950s

First Grade Teacher Helps Boy to Learn, USA, 1950s, 16mm
Shows how a teacher, by helping a first-grade child to discover his need for learning, teachers him to read, write, and do arithmetic

Children and Dangerous Strangers, USA, 1960s
Children and Dangerous Strangers, USA, 1960s

Children and Dangerous Strangers, USA, 1960s, 16mm. Shows how children meet and correctly cope with situations calling upon them to remember each of the safety rules they have been taught

School Libraries, USA, 1960s
School Libraries, USA, 1960s

School Libraries, USA, 1960s, 16mm

Children and Safety with Animals, USA, 1960s
Children and Safety with Animals, USA, 1960s

Children and Safety with Animals, USA, 1960s, 16mm
Shows how to approach and handle animals, both wild and domestic, with an emphasis on dogs and horses.

Children and Dangerous Strangers, USA, 1970s
Children and Dangerous Strangers, USA, 1970s

Children and Dangerous Strangers, USA, 1970s, 16mm

Hamilton Beach Blender Commercial, USA, 1960s
Hamilton Beach Blender Commercial, USA, 1960s

Hamilton Beach Blender Commercial, USA, 1960s, 16mm

Blenders, Blending, Electric Appliances, USA, 1960s
Blenders, Blending, Electric Appliances, USA, 1960s

Blenders, Blending, Electric Appliances, USA, 1960s, 16mm. Promo film about the Hamilton Beach Blender.

Food Supermarket Operations, USA, 1950s
Food Supermarket Operations, USA, 1950s

Food Supermarket Operations, USA, 1950s, 16mm. Describes the activities involved in the operation of a large supermarket. Illustrates the many people and jobs necessary to help the supermarket serve the community.