Mel Watkins: On the Real Side

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Through laughing, lying, and signifying, the underground tradition of African American humor continues to transform American culture.  This comprehensive history discusses blackface minstrelsy, Stepin Fetchit, and the Amos 'n' Andy show; folktales, race records, and all-black shows and films; Bert Williams, Moms Mabley, and Redd Foxx; Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, and Eddie Murphy.  Here, in a second edition featuring a new afterword, is the definitive account of how black humor has sustained African Americans throughout their history.