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

Students perform a skit to a packed Red Gym audience for the UW Circus in 1921. They appear to be dressed as Roman soldiers, harem dancers, and other racially ambiguous characters in blackface costume. Photo courtesy of UW Archives.

Multiple students performing skits in the Red Gym for the UW Circus ca. 1921.

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