The State of Things

This is a journal blog on writing the two chapters on early blackface minstrelsy that I’m writing for a book manuscript entitled Displays of Degradation: Cultural Transformations in Philadelphia, 1785-1850.

When I started hunting down sources for these two chapters, I had overwhelming feelings of disgust for the topic of blackface minstrelsy, so overwhelming that I can’t really discuss in other places. So, these seemed like the place to express myself.

I may also use this blog for my short-form political commentary and have yet to determine how the two things will balance.