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Introducing Bert Williams: Burnt Cork, Broadway, and the Story of America's First Black Star
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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 ambition,nothing less than the birth of American show business.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: arts & entertainmentFilm, TV & DramaPerforming Arts except MusicVariety shows, music hall, cabaret Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US Publication Date: 23/03/2010 ISBN-13: 9780465018116  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Camille F. Forbes, historian, critic, and performer, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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