Irving Berlin and Al Jolson were among many early 20th century Jewish artists with an affinity for blackface minstrelsy. They composed ragtime, put on burnt cork and vaulted from immigrant upstarts to pop stars. But what about Jews who wore "Jew face?" Music historian Jody Rosen explores Jewish dialect songs and novelty hits performed by vaudeville's "Hebrew comedians." Why did Jewish audiences thrill to songs that seemed to slander them? What hidden history links Over the Rainbow and God Bless America to Yonkle, the Cowboy Jew and When Moses with His Nose Leads the Band? Hear for yourself as Rosen makes history come alive!
Mon, Sep 24
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