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date: 30 November 2020

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This essay examines the connection of the stage version of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin to minstrelsy, a distinctly nonmelodramatic mode of American drama that runs on parody and satire for its fuel. It suggests that Stowe has adopted minstrel techniques in this novel, which was then turned into minstrel-type scenes and dialogue. This essay also considers William Leman Rede’s minstrel play Life in America and explores the history and influences of blackface entertainment.

Keywords: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, minstrelsy, American drama, William Leman Rede, Life in America, blackface entertainment

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