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Kake Walk at UVM

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The Kake Walk at UVM collection documents a former University of Vermont event that is for some a hallowed tradition and for others overt racism. The terminated competition, which was the highlight of the campus social calendar for over eighty years, featured fraternity brothers in blackface and kinky wigs dancing to the tune of "Cotton Babes."

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Time Period Covered: 1896 - 2004 

Source Document: University Archives, Record Group 53: Fraternities and Sororities, Series: Kake Walk 

Published:  May 29, 2010,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

Rights:  http://cdi.uvm.edu/about/rights


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Title:   Black Image in White Vermont: The Origin, Meaning, and Abolition of Kake Walk

Creator:  Loewen, James W.

Date:  1991

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At the time of this digital collection launch, this chapter is the only known scholarly piece on UVM's Kake Walk. James Loewen was a professor of sociology at the University of Vermont. This chapter was published in a book commemorating the university's bicentennial: Loewen, James. "Black Image in White Vermont: The Origin, Meaning, and Abolition of Kake Walk." The University of Vermont: The First Two Hundred Years. Sr. ed. Robert V. Daniels. Hanover, NH / University of Vermont : Distributed by University Press of New England / University of Vermont, 1991.

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    Title:   Fraternity Peerade Stunt

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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      Title:   Fraternity Peerade Stunt

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      "Old Ironsides," Winning "Peerade" stunt in 31st Annual Kake Walk at University of Vermont, entered by Delta Psi fraternity.

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        Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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          Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

          Creator:  University of Vermont

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            Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

            Creator:  University of Vermont

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              Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

              Creator:  University of Vermont

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                Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                Creator:  University of Vermont

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                  Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                  Creator:  University of Vermont

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                    Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                    Creator:  University of Vermont

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                      Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                      Creator:  University of Vermont

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                        Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                        Creator:  University of Vermont

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                          Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                          Creator:  University of Vermont

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                            Title:   Fraternity Stunt Night Skit

                            Creator:  University of Vermont

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                              Title:   Kake Walk Second Place Winners

                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                              Date:  1952; 1958

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                                Title:   Kake Walk Winners

                                Creator:  University of Vermont

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                                  Title:   Kake Walk Winners

                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

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                                    Title:   Kake Walkers

                                    Creator:  University of Vermont

                                    Date:  1965

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                                      Title:   Kake Walkers

                                      Creator:  University of Vermont

                                      Date:  1957; 1963

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                                        Title:   Kake Walkers

                                        Creator:  University of Vermont

                                        Date:  1950; 1958

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                                          Title:   Kake Walkers

                                          Creator:  University of Vermont

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                                            Title:   Kake Walkers before Audience

                                            Creator:  University of Vermont

                                            Date:  1935

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                                              Title:   Practicing Kake Walker

                                              Creator:  University of Vermont

                                              Date:  1963; 1969

                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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                                                Title:   Practicing Kake Walkers

                                                Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                Date:  1947; 1950

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                                                  Title:   Practicing Kake Walkers

                                                  Creator:  University of Vermont

                                                  Date:  1947

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