The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender and Class in African American Theater 1900- by N. George-gravesThe Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender and Class in African American Theater 1900- by N. George-graves

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The Whitman Sisters were the highest paid act on the Negro Vaudeville Circuit, Theater Owner Booking Association (Toby), and one of the longest surviving touring companies (1899-1942). Nadine George-Graves shows that these four black women manipulated their race, gender, and class to resist hegemonic forces while achieving success. By maintaining a high-class image, they were able to challenge fictions of racial and gender identity.

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Nadine George Graves is Assistant Professor of Theater Studies at Yale University.
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Title:The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender and Class…Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.04 inPublished:January 30, 2003Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312225628

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Preface: Surviving the Silence * Introduction * Setting the Stage: The Whitman Sisters’ Beginnings, Influences and a Performance Reconstruction * Race, Gender and Class: The Whitman Sisters and the Politics of Performance and Management * Toby, the Depression and Beyond: The Whitman Sisters’ Later Years

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...first throughly researched and intelligent account of these forgotten women. Women's Review of Books