In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

Acknowledgments I first encountered the Pekin Theater at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where through the generosity of the National Endowment for the Humanities I was conducting research on cultural formation in early twentieth-century America. Buried in bundles of program books from Chicago theaters, the title page of one item fairly jumped out at me. The Pekin Theatre State and Twenty-seventh Streets Robert T. Motts, Proprietor and Manager The First and only Theatre of its kind in the World. The Permanent Home of Colored Comedy. xii Acknowledgments I assumed, wrongly, that there must be an extensive literature devoted to this intriguing institution, and to its owner and its repertoire of “colored comedy.” A preliminary search, however, unearthed nothing more than an unpublished master’s thesis and a single, slender article. With the assurance that my own ignorance put me in good and ample company, I put Theodore Thomas and company on hold, and embarked on a project of recovery that has led to this book. I hope it will be of use to those with an interest, professional or otherwise, in African American studies; in the American theater and its music; and in the social, political, and economic history of Chicago. In addition to the Newberry Library and the NEH, a number of organizations have helped this study toward its completion with their resources: the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, the Carter Woodson Branch of the Chicago Public Library, the Music Division of the Library of Congress, The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Tulane Jazz Archives, and the Chicago History Museum. I owe particular debts of gratitude to the Alice Kaplan Center for the Humanities at Northwestern University for making possible a leave of absence from my teaching duties , during which this book was written; to the generosity, expertise, and friendship of Thornton Hagert; to friends and colleagues at the University of Michigan, in particular Richard Crawford; to Ingrid Monson, the late Errol Hill, and Clayton Jordan; to Larin McLaughlin, Dwight McBride, and the readers engaged by the University of Illinois Press; and above all to Janet Johnson, my first reader and first mate. ...


Additional Information

Related ISBN
MARC Record
Launched on MUSE
Open Access
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.