Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
"Camille F. Forbes has produced a history not only of a life and an industry, but also of our ideas about the performance and theatricality of race itself. This is a significant contribution to the field of African-American Studies as well as a model of how to pull a story out of archives and historical records that do not always cooperate."
David Jasen, author of The American Rag: The Story of Ragtime from Coast to Coast and Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History
"This book combines the fascinating biography of Bert Williams with the enriched history of blacks in American show business. Camille Forbes does a wonderful job of displaying her research on his life as she recreates the atmosphere of the years during which Williams flourished. It is a welcome addition to my personal library."