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Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel

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Hattie McDaniel was the first black to ever win an Oscar. She was also the first black woman to ever sing on American radio. In this fresh assessment of her life and career, Carlton Jackson tells the inside story of her working relationships, her personal life, and the many obstacles she faced as a black performer in the white world of show business during the first half of the twentieth century.

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Overview

Hattie McDaniel was the first black to ever win an Oscar. She was also the first black woman to ever sing on American radio. In this fresh assessment of her life and career, Carlton Jackson tells the inside story of her working relationships, her personal life, and the many obstacles she faced as a black performer in the white world of show business during the first half of the twentieth century.

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McDaniel is remembered as the first black to win an Academy Award, but her lengthy career also included work in theater, radio, and television. Jackson has done extensive research on her career, but goes beyond straight biography when he uses her story to illustrate the struggles of black entertainers and the pressure they must have felt at being caught between the need to work and the increasing demands of black activists that they reject available but stereotyped roles. Although the bare facts of McDaniel's life and career make a relatively slim book, the occasional broader perspective provides some interesting insights.-- Barbara E. Kemp, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568330044
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 692,840
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    I LOVE IT!!!!!

    Hattie McDaniel is a very interesting person. I just found out she was my cousin and I just wanted to tell all the people who havent read this book that it is good. I would love to meet her kids if one of them is reading this. My email address is Shay_MedicalStudent@yahoo.com

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