Arts of the 1800s music, art, food, entertainment

Some entertainment in the 1800s are books. People were interested in a variety of literature, including works by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Arther Conan Doyle. One of the most famous Victorian children's books was "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll, which was published in 1865. Children's books included moral lessons, while women read fiction and poetry.

Dining clubs were popular among gentlemen. Casinos were popular, as well as gambling card games. Reform movements targeted these casinos in their arguments against gambling, drinking and prostitution.

Theatre and the arts were common interests. Those who could not afford the regular theatre attended the Music Hall, which featured many different acts. These acts included comedians, singers, acrobats, and much more. If a poor person was looking for a good paying job, they would turn to job openings at the Music Hall. The pantomime was popular during the Christmas season. This show had incredible special effects, including lights, smoke and live animals. Once again, poor children could obtain jobs at the pantomime, instead of the regular theatre.
Paranormal events always drew huge crowds, where participants were chosen. Some types of these events were communication with the dead, ghost conjuring and mesmerism. Birthday parties were a fun event to host, especially if there was a magic lantern show. An oil or gas lamp would show large images of wild animals or other pictures, telling a story in the process. Fairs traveled around the country with their slides and swings, shooting galleries, strongmen shows, fire-eats, fortune tellers and jugglers. Circuses also traveled with their big tents, clowns, horses and elephants.
African American music is and umbrella term covering a diverse range of musics and musical genres largely developed by African Americans. Their origins are in musical forms that arose out of the historical condition of slavery that characterized the lives of African Americans prior to the American Civil War.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are an African-American a cappella ensemble, consisting of students at Fisk University. The first group was organized in 1871 to tour and raise funds for college. The Fisk Jubilee Singers are still singing today, by rotating singers through out the years.

Swing Low Sweet Chariots earliest known recording is of the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1909. The song is at least 103 years old, but it is still known by most people. Note- the huge church-like building you see as the third picture is the home of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

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