The career of Norton and Margot, a ballroom dance team whose work was thwarted by the racial tenets of the era, serves as the barometer of the times and acts as the tour guide on this excursion through the worlds of African American vaudeville, black and white America during the swing era, the European touring circuit, and pre-Civil Rights era racial etiquette.
An excellent overview of how race worked during the swing era, particularly for dancers. I was particularly interested in the bits about cultural appropriation (a lot) and monetary recompense (ha!), and how black arts consistently were taken over by white people, who made more money than black people ever got to, then were coded as white, completely taking black involvement out of them. Angry-making and necessary.