Look at and think about the 18 images under the Sheet Music Covers and Al-Ma-Nig links.
From a computer connected to the web with a high speed connection, play "Zip Coon," "Old Dan Tucker," "Miss Lucy Long," "Old Colored Gentleman," "Stop Dat Knocking," "Old Uncle Ned" (vocal), "Nelly Was a Lady" and "Oh! Lemuel!"
From a computer connected to the web with a high speed connection, play the two QuickTime animated sequences that combine songs and images.
Read the 6 notices from 1853 - 1854.
Read the first five essays here, from "Frederick Douglass on an All-Black Company" to "The Black Opera."
Read at least the "Rev. Snowball's Sermon on Millerism"
If you want to see more on Minstrelsy, help yourself.