Perhaps unconsciously, Nathan drew a suggestive link between Disney's mouse and minstrel music, but it isn't hard to see their affinities. Of the many examples of minstrelsy's enduring legacy in popular culture, "Dixie" can confidently be assigned top spot on the music charts, and surely Mickey Mouse is the most graphic offspring of blackface minstrels' portrayals of the plantation slave. Black, wide-eyed, childlike, falsetto-voiced, and ever the clown, Mickey Mouse even takes his costuming from the burnt-cork brotherhood: see the oversized white gloves, suspender buttons (minus suspenders), big feet, coy stance.
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