I’m a retired professor seeking to finish a VERY long research project on white male popular culture in Philadelphia from 1785-1850.

This is a writing journal in relation to my research on blackface minstrelsy in Philadelphia from 1832 through 1849.

I’m starting this project as a way to reflect on the very intense feelings I have in relation to writing on minstrelsy. Early blackface is a very difficult topic to engage without being overwhelmed by a sense of disgust and I thought a blog might be a good place to engage those feelings as I’m writing.