Pages from the Harlem Renaissance: A Chronicle of Performance

Pages from the Harlem Renaissance: A Chronicle of Performance

by Anthony D. Hill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820428647

ISBN-13: 9780820428642

Pub. Date: 11/01/1996

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Anthony Hill’s book, Pages from the Harlem Renaissance, is an historical and critical analysis of the nature and significance of J.A. Jackson’s Page in Billboard. Hill explores Jackson’s vision of black performance as seen through the Page against the larger framework of national and cultural concerns of the 1920s. The study is a…  See more details below

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Anthony Hill’s book, Pages from the Harlem Renaissance, is an historical and critical analysis of the nature and significance of J.A. Jackson’s Page in Billboard. Hill explores Jackson’s vision of black performance as seen through the Page against the larger framework of national and cultural concerns of the 1920s. The study is a testimony to the major accomplishments of black performers in all phases of black show business. Hill documents the development of the column from its founding in 1920 to its disappearance in 1925, focusing on Jackson as a critic, reporter, spokesman, and booster of black entertainment. The author moves on to assess Jackson’s role in shaping black performance relative to the major theatrical critics W.E.B. DuBois, Theophilus Lewis, Sylvester Russell, and Romeo Dougherty. He then discusses key issues that include setting standards, improving conditions on the TOBA touring circuit, and organizing unions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820428642
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Series:
Studies in African and African-American Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Ch. IJames Albert Jackson: Profile of a Renaissance Man1
Ch. II"J. A. Jackson's Page" in Billboard: A Chronicle of Performance17
Ch. IIISetting Standards of Conduct53
Ch. IVImproving Conditions on the TOBA Black Vaudeville Circuit65
Ch. VOrganizing Outdoor Entertainment: The Colored Actors' Union; The National Association of Colored Fairs101
Ch. VIReception and Impact of "The Page"116
App. AThe Colored Actors' Union Theatrical Guide135
App. BFrequently Mentioned Performers, Theaters, Plays, Companies and Groups166
App. CColored Vaudeville Acts working steadily with the Keith, Orpheum, Western Vaudeville and Associated Houses of the Big Circuits168
App. DTheatre houses Playing Vaudeville, Pictures, and Dramas that cater to Black Patronage169
App. EMusical Comedy: Reviews and Articles171
App. FJackson's Membership in Fraternal Organizations and Clubs172
Bibliography173
Index177

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