Description - Staging Race by Karen Sotiropoulos
"Staging Race" casts a spotlight on the generation of black artists who came of age between 1890 and World War I in an era of Jim Crow segregation and heightened racial tensions. As public entertainment expanded through vaudeville, minstrel shows, and world's fairs, black performers, like the stage duo of Bert Williams and George Walker, used the conventions of blackface to appear in front of, and appeal to, white audiences. The story of how African Americans entered the stage door and transformed popular culture is a largely untold story. Although ultimately unable to erase racist stereotypes, these pioneering artists brought black music and dance into America's mainstream and helped to spur racial advancement.
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(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Harvard University Press
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Author Biography - Karen Sotiropoulos
Karen Sotiropoulos is Associate Professor of History at Cleveland State University.