Published: June 6, 2012.
Essay » Literature
An essay in literary/historical criticism and critical race studies. Examines how popular fiction contributed to and contested Jim Crow segregation and white supremacy in the U.S. in the 1880s and after. Focuses on the popular “command performance” scene, in which blacks performed for whites. Many authors are discussed; four receive special attention: J.C. Harris, Dunbar, Chopin, and Hopkins.