Blackface, White Noise: The Jewish Jazz Singer Finds His Voice

@article{Rogin1992BlackfaceWN,
  title={Blackface, White Noise: The Jewish Jazz Singer Finds His Voice},
  author={Michael Paul Rogin},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  year={1992},
  volume={18},
  pages={417 - 453}
}
  • M. Rogin
  • Published 1 April 1992
  • Art, History
  • Critical Inquiry
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