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From the Publisher"A call to action."
-National Political Science Review
"Invaluable to scholars of popular culture, Marxist studies, and especially, black studies. . . . [Robinson] writes with the seldom-heard acumen of a social scientist and is able to discern how and why the American entertainment industry represents - and misrepresents - class and race."
— North Carolina Historical Review
"A copiously researched and compelling study. . . . A profoundly important and elegantly written historical study of a great artistic conflict."
— Theatre Research International
"A complex, thoughtful perspective on the protean nature of American culture and those who profited and suffered from its progression."
—Journal of American History
"Robinson's assertions that capitalists controlled and manipulated the image of blackness . . . are a very important contribution."
— Journal of Southern History
"This ambitious project, grounded in a broad historicity, will elicit some dissent, but Robinson's first-rate scholarship will be difficult to counter and will stand the test of time."
— American Historical Review
"Careful, exhaustive scholarship and densely packed argumentation. . . . One of the most important resources in years, this book is already a classic. . . . Essential."
"One of the most important resources in years, this book is already a classic."