By Henry T. Sampson
An authoritative and necessary source for college students and students of movie animation and African-American historical past, movie buffs, and informal readers. it's the first and in simple terms booklet to element the background of black pictures in lively cartoons. utilizing ads, fees from manufacturers, newspaper reports, and different assets, Sampson lines stereotypical black photographs via their transition from the 1st newspaper comedian strips within the past due Nineties, to their inclusion within the first silent theatrical cartoons, in the course of the height in their attractiveness in Nineteen Thirties musical cartoons, to their slow decline within the Nineteen Sixties. He presents special storylines with discussion, revealing the broad use of detrimental caricatures of African americans. Sampson devotes chapters to comic strip sequence starring black characters; cartoons burlesquing lifestyles at the outdated slave plantation with "happy" slaves Uncle Tom and Topsy; depictions of the African safari that come with the white hunter, his committed servant, and bloodthirsty black cannibals; and cartoons that includes the track and the generally well known leisure variety of well-known Nineteen Thirties black stars together with Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and fat Waller. that is sufficient fogeys comprises many infrequent, formerly unpublished illustrations and unique animation stills and an appendix directory caricature titles with black characters besides short descriptions of gags in those cartoons.