No Surrender! No Retreat!

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No Surrender! No Retreat! examines the careers of fifteen pioneer performers and their triumphs over herculean obstacles. It is a look back over the 20th century and documents personal histories of staggering achievement in spite of institutional racism, gender oppression, and classism. Twenty-four years in the making, No Surrender! No Retreat! is an indispensable work on African Americans in the performing arts, examining well-known performers, such as James Earl Jones, Morgan Freeman, and Pearl Bailey. Rare ...

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Overview

No Surrender! No Retreat! examines the careers of fifteen pioneer performers and their triumphs over herculean obstacles. It is a look back over the 20th century and documents personal histories of staggering achievement in spite of institutional racism, gender oppression, and classism. Twenty-four years in the making, No Surrender! No Retreat! is an indispensable work on African Americans in the performing arts, examining well-known performers, such as James Earl Jones, Morgan Freeman, and Pearl Bailey. Rare archival material and a number of personal interviews enrich this tome. Glenda E. Gill’s work is a moving and sometimes tragic account of the lives and careers of some of America’s most outstanding African American pioneers in theater.

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James Earl Jones, Morgan Freeman, and Pearl Bailey are among the 15 performers whose lives and careers Gill (drama, Michigan Technological U.) explores. She draws on rare archival material and a number of personal interviews to reveal their achievements despite institutional racism, gender oppression, and classism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312217570
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/7/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenda E. Gill is Associate Professor of Drama at Michigan Technological University.

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Table of Contents

Crucible and Community: The Vision of Rose McClendon
• Ethel Waters: Fiery Femme Fatale
• Paul Robeson: “America’s No. 1 Negro”
• Five From Porgy and Bess, 1935 and 1952
• Canada Lee: Pugilist, Performer, Politician
• Marian Anderson: Portrait in Dignity
• Pearl Bailey: Black Female Superstar
• Ruby Dee: Actor/Activist
• James T. Guines: Alabama A. and M. Thespian, 1950-1954
• James Earl Jones: “My Soul Looks Back in Wonder”
• “Advanced Dementia” and Resistance: Morgan Freeman and Non-Traditional Roles

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