Sunday, November 21, 2010

Modern Minstrelsy: Exploring Racist Stereotypes in Literature and Life

Modern Minstrelsy: Exploring Racist Stereotypes in Literature and Life NYTimes Learning Network

What are the roots and legacy of minstrelsy and the Scottsboro Trials? How can stereotypes be used not only to reinforce a bias, but also to satirize that very bias? In this lesson, students learn about the minstrel tradition, consider how it echoes through stereotypes of African-Americans today and explore the legacy of black stereotypes and the Scottsboro Trials in popular culture, history and literature.

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