Introducing Bert Williams: Burnt Cork, Broadway, and the Story of America's First Black Star

Be the first to review this product

Availability: In stock


Quick Overview

According to critics of his time, Bert Williams was “the Greatest Comedian on the American Stage.”

Introducing Bert Williams

Double click on above image to view full picture

Zoom Out
Zoom In

More Views

  • Introducing Bert Williams


A black Bahamian immigrant, Williams made his start as a barker advertising the rough-and-tumble “medicine shows” that dotted the Wild West at the end of the nineteenth century. Not long after joining a minstrel troupe and donning the burnt- cork makeup of blackface, he teamed up with African American George Walker in a sixteen-year partnership that would take them from rural western mining towns to the bright lights of Broadway. In Introducing Bert Williams, historian Camille Forbes reveals a fascinating figure, initiating the reader into the vivid world of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century popular entertainment. Williams’s long and varied career is a whirlwind of drama, glamour, and ambition—nothing less than the birth of American show business.

Additional Information

Author Camille F. Forbes
Publisher Basic Civitas Books
Page Count 404pp
Publication Size 5.75 x 9
Publication Notes softcover, b/w
Publication Date March 22, 2010
ISBN 978-0465018116

Product Tags

Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.