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Introducing Bert Williams : Burnt Cork, Broadway, and the Story of America's First Black Star (Paperback)

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According to critics of his time, Bert Williams was the Greatest Comedian on the American Stage.? A black Bahamian immigrant, Williams made his start as a barker advertising the rough-and-tumble medicine shows? that dotted the Wild West at the end of the nineteenth century. Not long after joining a minstrel troupe and donning the burnt- cork makeup of blackface, he teamed up with African American George Walker in a sixteen-year partnership that would take them from rural western mining towns to the bright lights of Broadway.

In Introducing Bert Williams, historian Camille Forbes reveals a fascinating figure, initiating the reader into the vivid world of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century popular entertainment. Williams?s long and varied career is a whirlwind of drama, glamour, and ambitionnothing less than the birth of American show business.

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Publisher Basic Civitas Books
Mfg Part# 9780465018116
SKU 211970753
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0465018114
Release Date 3/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0404
Publisher Basic Civitas Books
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