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        Part of Give me the Banjo
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        Contains actors in blackface throughout.

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        Medicine Shows

        In rural areas and small towns, travelling medicine shows set up shop and provided local residents with a whole range of entertainment to help sell a variety of medicinal cures for ailments. These medicine shows and the Vaudeville theaters found in towns and cities represented a wide range of musical and performance styles. This video provides a quick depiction of Medicine Shows, where the healthiest tonic found was said to be the music from the banjo, over all the other herbs and medicines. In the supporting lesson, students plan their own medicine show.

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