Whitewashing Blackface and Whistling Dixie : The Commemoration of Dan Emmett

About the Author

I am a historian and resident of Knox County, Ohio. My research explores American historical memory, histories of race, and issues of commemoration and historical justice. I teach at Oberlin College, where I am the Robert S. Danforth Professor of History and Professor of Comparative American and Africana Studies, but since 2014, my primary home has been in Gambier, Ohio, located just outside of the Knox country seat of Mount Vernon.

This is my first-ever digital project; it began as a final project for a class I was taking in Digital Humanities, but it has already outlived the end of that class. Working digitally is a departure for someone like me who is much more accustomed to traditional print publishing. I have written books and articles about American racial history, historical memory of the civil rights movement, and even the musical, Hamilton, but working in this form has forced me to think deeply about how to best structure my argument, what materials to use to emphasize different points, and how the digital allows for a layering of argument and evidence. But most of all, it has made me think more deeply about audience. I hope that this project will be accessible and useful to residents of Knox County. I know that this is a topic of great local interest. In 2020, I participated in a local panel on the history of blackface that drew a crowd of over ninety Knox residents. This project seeks to make the kinds of evidence and interpretation I presented on that panel available to a much wider group. 

If you'd like to learn more about me or my work, please check out my website at reneeromano.com. If you'd like to contact me about this project or anything else, there's a contact form on the website. Thanks for checking out "Whitewashing Blackface and Whistling Dixie: The Commemoration of Dan Emmett"!

To cite this project, please use the following citation form:
Renee Romano, "Whitewashing Blackface and Whistling Dixie The Commemoration of Dan Emmett," http://reneeromano.net/education/whitewashing-blackface-and-whistling-dixie/, 2021.

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