Most writing on early blackface treats popular blackface minstrelsy as changing little between the emergence of T.D. Rice’s “Jim Crow” act in 1829 and the early 1850’s.
To the contrary, I view blackface as changing rapidly and divide the early development of blackface minstrelsy into three periods–
1. 1830-1835, the early years of T. D. Rice and “Jim Crow”;
2. 1835-1842, Marginal Performers and Comic Substance;
3. 1843-1850, Blackface Bands
The two chapters will cover the periods from 1830-1842 and 1843-1850.