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For the immediate future, power went to her regent, Axel Oxenstierna, a brilliant politician who continued Gustavus’s active policy in northern Europe. He negotiated favorable terms for Sweden in its war against Denmark, settled at Bromsebro in 1644. By winning title to extensive south Baltic lands and ports for Sweden in the general pacification of Westphalia (1648), Oxenstierna showed unmistakably that Christina’s Sweden had become the major power of northern Europe. Not until December 1644, her 18th birthday, did Christina become queen in her own right, though by then she had been attending meetings of the Regency Council for two years.
Christy (1815-1862) was not the originator of the minstrel show, but the Christy Minstrels set the pattern which almost all other companies followed. L ittle is known about Edwin P. Christy’s early life. He was born in Philadelphia in 1815 and worked for a time as an office boy in New York. He was subsequently a hotel clerk and a traveling salesman. It is known that about 1840 ‘‘Ned’’ Christy gave performances on the banjo and tambourine in the hotels and barrooms in Buffalo and a short time later blackened his face, dressed himself in old ‘‘plantation’’ clothes, and performed as a minstrel in Harry Meech’s Museum in Buffalo.
Though Edwin retired a wealthy man, he fell increasingly into moods of melancholy in which he imagined himself penniless. In 1862, during one of these periods of temporary insanity, this man, who had brought laughter and music to so many, jumped from a window in his New York home and killed himself. Further Reading No full-length biography of Christy exists, though sketches of his career are given in various histories of the American stage that deal with minstrel shows. The most scholarly treatment of minstrelsy is in Carl F.