Dena 3 – The Minstrel Banjo as a window to slave music

Banjo Player and Scholar, Dr. Bob Winans, explains how his study of the minstrel banjo, at one time a controversial subject because of stereotypes, is revealing how slaves played the banjo. Comparing African Americans in the 1970s with banjo “tutors” from the 1800s, Winans has found a remarkable link.

This 9-minute clip is an “extra” chapter in the DVD, The Librarian and The Banjo.