AP U.S. History 2.3 Period 5: 1848-1877. Which of the following trends most severely undermines the intentions of the Thirteenth Amendment?
|AP U.S. History||Period 5: 1848-1877|
|Reconstruction||The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments|
See the stereotypes there? Hmm?
Okay, well, in general, racial stereotyping,
like the minstrel show advertised above,
affected the national debate about
race by doing what?
And here are your potential answers.
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Okay, well minstrel shows, which sometimes incorporated
blackface, were unfortunately all the rage in the early 19th century.
The show's simple language and crass humor
may have appealed to a wide swath of American society,
but they had a largely negative impact on
the national race conversation.
Let's see which answer best describes what happened.
Did racial stereotyping and minstrel shows
affect the national race debate
by A - portraying the atrocities of slavery
for New England audiences?
Hmm. Well, actually, minstrel songs and shows
ignored the realities of slavery,
favoring slapstick comedy and punchlines over anything
Did minstrel shows impact the race conversation by
B - demonstrating how Whites and Blacks could coexist
Well, it was the opposite, in fact.
These shows made a point of demeaning black culture,
which reinforced the racial hierarchy and cemented the social status quo.
So that eliminates B and C.
Which means that these minstrel shows
affected the national race debate by
D - legitimizing racism by casting Blacks
as cheerful and lazy.
While minstrel shows claimed to show
authentic Black culture,
they actually relied on racist and pejorative stereotypes
that portrayed Blacks as, well,
cheerful, lazy slaves.
So the correct answer is D,
as in "damaging to everyone involved."
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