The original text
A number of American performances of an Ethiopian sketch called Returned Volunteer are recorded by Mahar (1999: p. 159)They are listed for 22 May and 28 December, 1849 by the Virginia Serenaders; 9 December 1851 and 22 August 1853 by Wood's Minstrels.
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Performance history in South Africa
Circa 1868-1869 the Young Men’s Institute Amateur Christy’s of Cape Town performed a number of minstrelsy shows and so-called Ethiopian burlesques or Negro farces, that included a piece called The Returned Volunteer from Abessynia.
W.J. Mahar. 1999. Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and Antebellum American Popular Culture. Volume 442 of Music in American life. University of Illinois Press, 1999: p. 159.
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