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The Picaninny Caricature

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dc.contributor.author Pilgrim, David, Dr.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-01T14:55:57Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-01T14:55:57Z
dc.date.issued 2000-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2323/4780
dc.description Article defining and describing the history of the picaninny caricature. en_US
dc.description.abstract The picaninny was the dominant racial caricature of black children for most of this country's history. They were "child coons," miniature versions of Stepin Fetchit (see Pilgrim (2000)). Picaninnies had bulging eyes, unkempt hair, red lips, and wide mouths into which they stuffed huge slices of watermelon. They were themselves tasty morsels for alligators. They were routinely shown on postcards, posters, and other ephemera being chased or eaten. Picaninnies were portrayed as nameless, shiftless natural buffoons running from alligators and toward fried chicken. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Jim Crow Museum Website en_US
dc.subject Child Coons, Picaninny, Picaninnies, Sambo, Mose, Little Black Sambo, Buckwheat, Black Children, jim crow, jim crow era, racism, caricatures, Alligator bait, topsy, tasty morsels, watermelon, en_US
dc.title The Picaninny Caricature en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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    Common caricatures and stereotypes of African Americans during and after Jim Crow era.

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