9780312294434

Waltzing in the Dark African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312294434

  • ISBN10:

    0312294433

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This unique study focuses on the social, racial, and artistic climate for African American performers working during the swing era-roughly the late 1920s through the 1940s. The career of Norton and Margot, a ballroom dance team whose work was thwarted by the racial tenets of the era, serves as a tour guide and barometer of the times on this excursion through the worlds of African American vaudeville, separate black and white Americas, the European touring circuit, and pre-Civil Rights era racial etiquette.

Author Biography

Brenda Dixon Gottschild is Professor Emerita of dance studies at Temple University. She writes for Dance Magazine and performs with her husband, Hellmut Gottschild.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword vii
Part I
The Race Trope in Swing Era Performance
3(34)
From Marjorie to Margot
37(20)
``You Didn't Go Downtown-Everything Was Uptown'': Harlem, U.S.A.
57(26)
Who's Got His Own: Black Creativity as Commodity
83(26)
Part II
Color and Caste in Black and White: Performing at Home and Abroad
109(78)
Part III
Coda to a Dream Deferred
187(16)
Legacy: All That Jazz
203(28)
Chronology: Margot Web's Professional Career 231(5)
Notes 236(17)
References 253(7)
Index 260

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