A Beautiful Pageant

African American Theatre, Drama, and Performance in the Harlem Renaissance, 1910–1927

  • Authors
  • David Krasner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. African American Performance in the Harlem Renaissance

  3. 1910–1918

  4. Black Drama

  5. 1918–1927

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-370

About this book


The Harlem Renaissance was an unprecedented period of vitality in the American Arts. Defined as the years between 1910 and 1927, it was the time when Harlem came alive with theater, drama, sports, dance and politics. Looking at events as diverse as the prizefight between Jack Johnson and Jim 'White Hope' Jeffries, the choreography of Aida Walker and Ethel Waters, the writing of Zora Neale Hurston and the musicals of the period, Krasner paints a vibrant portrait of those years. This was the time when the residents of northern Manhattan were leading their downtown counterparts at the vanguard of artistic ferment while at the same time playing a pivotal role in the evolution of Black nationalism. This is a thrilling piece of work by an author who has been working towards this major opus for years now. It will become a classic that will stay on the American history and theater shelves for years to come.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4039-6541-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-06625-1
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