“Successful beyond expectation:” blackface, minstrelsy, and racist entertainment at UW–Madison

Minstrels shows on campus were advertised widely using racist caricatures and photos of students in blackface. This advertisement for the Engineers’ Minstrels Show in 1920 features a caricature of a Black man laughing with overexaggerated features. Daily Cardinal, October 27, 1920, Courtesy of UW Archives.

Advertisement for the Engineers’ Minstrels at Homecoming with a racist caricature of a Black man. Daily Cardinal, October 27, 1920.

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