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Ten Little Niggers

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Title

Ten Little Niggers

Description

McLoughlin Brothers issued its first edition of Ten Little Niggers around 1872. The extremely violent verses where individuals are killed off one by one until only one remains, are based on a blackface minstrel song of the same title which was first performed in 1869. Minstrel shows, where white performers sang and danced in black face, were popular around the world during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. These volumes are, in a sense, minstrel shows in miniature. As historian Elizabeth Pryor of Smith College has said, “Jim Crow dances off the stage and into the home” through these picture books. Clearly intended for a white audience, the books were intended as amusement but they subversively indoctrinated children in white paternalism.

Source

Ten Little Niggers. Plate House copy. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1897.

Publisher

McLoughlin Brothers

Date

1897

Identifier

221600

Catalog no. 99

Citation

“Ten Little Niggers,” Radiant With Color, accessed June 26, 2019, http://americanantiquarian.org/radiantwithcolor/items/show/51.