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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:   Practicing Kake Walkers

Creator:  University of Vermont

Date:  1957; 1958

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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    Title:   Scene from "Shooting of Dan McGrew" as staged by Zeta Chi Fraternity

    Creator:  University of Vermont

    Date:  1921

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

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      Title:   Winning Fraternity Stunt Skit

      Creator:  University of Vermont

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      "A Transformatory Phantasmagoria," where human beings were made over, winning fraternity stunt, staged by Phi Delta Theta, at the 31st Annual Kake Walk, University of Vermont

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        Title:   Winning Peerade Entry

        Creator:  University of Vermont

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        Winning Peerade Entry, representing Sigma Nu fraternity in 32nd Annual Kake Walk at University of Vermont, shows Ma and Pa hauling spendthrift sonny through college on top of University Fountain.

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