"I'd need to find it again. I read it a long time ago, and in retrospect I should have saved a copy when I did. I couldn't what aspect of the performance made it so unpopular, but if I were to take an educated guess I'd say…"
"Yes it seems to me as well that men were playing the parts of ladies in minstrel shows. John- did you get the impression that the audience was 'horrified' simply due to the fact that she was a real woman, or because it was a…"
"My research is in agreement with what Bob has posted. While I've found references to female banjo players, I've only come across a single reference about a female minstrel. It was from a review of a performance by…"
"During the earlier discussion, I spent a fair amount of time searching for evidence of female minstrels during the antebellum period. There were, in fact, female banjo players in the 1850s-1860s period--the most famous being Lotta Crabtree…"
"I knew there would be an occasion to re-post this cartoon from Punch. I apologize if it offends anyone. But it's Victorian humor about women, banjos, low-class entertainment, blackface--sort of equal opportunity lampooning.…"
"Occasionally, while on other trips, I looked in a AAA tour book to see if there was anything to see in Mt.Vernon regarding Emmett. I could never find any mention of anything. I wish I would have searched a little deeper."