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Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era

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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.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 20th 1999 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Leah Ray
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a revelation to me, given my ignorance of both the broad topic, African-American performers in the pre-Civil Rights era, and the specific one, the adagio dance team of Norton and Margot. Dixon Gottschild, a dancer and scholar, organizes her themes of how African-American artists survived and, to a degree, succeeded despite the horrendous racial chasm in America, and how Africanist and African-Americanist art informed and shaped American culture and still does, around the life story ...more
Oyceter
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.

Full review: http://oyceter.livejournal.com/669254...
Elisabeth
Sep 24, 2013 marked it as to-read
Fantastically interesting topic and one of the central figures, the lady on the cover in fact, is the great grandmother of one of my dearest friends. How cool is that? Can't wait to read it!
Kimber
May 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great look at vaudeville time for black performers. Quick read that is informative and tells the stories of performers during that time, specifically Norton and Margot
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