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date: 28 September 2020

Vaudeville, 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Bruce McConachieBruce McConachie

the most popular form of American theatrical entertainment between 1900 and 1920.Typically a series of variety acts ranging from trained animals, sports heroes, and exotic dancers to magicians, blackface comics, and shortened versions of full dramas, vaudeville played before elite and poor spectators, at sumptuous and austere theaters, in small towns and major cities. Its entertainments helped “Americanize” immigrant populations, instructed rural folks in city ways, and taught middle-class consumers the latest fashions in clothes, humor, and songs. A significant commercial force in the modernization of American culture, vaudeville also perpetuated and intensified racist practices and beliefs.... ...

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