Ethnic and Racial Stereotyping Discussion at the Homestead’s Non-Fiction Book Club

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This morning, the Homestead's Non-Fiction Book Club discussed Maurice Manring's Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima, a subject mentioned in a blog post here this past February centered on a photo of a vaudeville actress in blackface in the museum's collection.  The Aunt Jemima figure has had a... Continue Reading →

Whitewashing in American Households with “Fun-to-Wash” and “California Citrus” Washing Powders, 1910-1930

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. on this national holiday, there is much to think about, whether it is those areas of progress made and those that are lagging in race relations or looking back on the history of race relations in our country in terms of overt and cover... Continue Reading →

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