The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender and Class…

Hardcover | July 7, 2000

byNadine 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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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 ...

Nadine George Graves is Assistant Professor of Theater Studies at Yale University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.54 × 6.38 × 0.87 inPublished:July 7, 2000Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312225628

ISBN - 13:9780312225629

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Table of Contents

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