Compare and contrast Gershwin’s treatment of black Americans with that of Stephen Foster and the minstrel shows


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1. After listening to “Bess, You is My Woman Now” by George Gershwin, compare and contrast Gershwin’s treatment of black Americans with that of Stephen Foster and the minstrel shows. What do you personally think about these treatments? What role did racial tension play in the development of the music entertainment industry in the United States?
2. Watch this except from the musical Wicked:
Discuss why you think American musical theatre has been called America’s opera – what is its enduring appeal? What themes expressed in this clip hold great appeal for the American public?
3. In order to begin exploring the music of vaudeville, cabaret, and Tin Pan Alley, watch the following video and consider what it would be like to experience music in this period. How is vaudeville different from minstrelsy? What contribution did Vaudeville make to the music and entertainment industry in the United States? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnKQoZeg69I


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