The Creolization of American Culture
The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy (Illinois, 2013) by Christopher Smith uncovers the breadth and richness of cultural exchange between antebellum working-class Americans which yielded the "creole" music, dance, and physical comedy that combined as the nation's first popular music craze. Winner of the 2013 Irving F Lowens Prize (Society for American Music) and the TTU Faculty Book Prize.
Chris Smith is Professor, Chair of Musicology, and director of the Vernacular Music Center at the Texas Tech University School of Music. He is a former nightclub bouncer, framing carpenter, lobster fisherman, and oil-rig roughneck, and a published poet.