Obi in New York: Aldridge and the African Grove
Peter Buckley, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of
Science and Art
1 John Collins
has observed that the Obi revivals of that year might have been
especially resonant in the immediate political circumstances since the
Charleston slave rebellion found a notorious leader in a man named "Gullah
appropriation is part of a much larger story concerning the birth of minstrelsy
in New York and the role of local black culture. See the author's "The
Place to Make an Artist Work: William Sidney Mount and New York City."
The most comprehensive study of early minstrelsy remains Hans Nathan's
Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy. However, William
J. Mahar's Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and
Antebellum American Popular Culture certainly includes much new material.
a detailed account of the text versions of Mathews's black delineations
parts of the fabrication remain standing since some scholars believe Mathews
was personally attentive to local black dialect rather than merely picking
up ideas from existing written forms. Part of the debate is in Charles
Hamm, Yesterdays: Popular Song in America, Hans Nathan, Dan
Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy, and James Hatch, "Here
Comes Everybody: Scholarship and Black Theatre History."