By Susan Curtis
Lester A. Walton was once an African American journalist, cultural critic, diplomat, and political activist--an adviser to presidents and industrialists in a occupation that spanned the 1st six many years of the 20th century. during this publication, Curtis seeks to find why Walton is forgotten at the present time. during this unconventional book--a postmodern ghost tale, an exceptional test in life-writing--Curtis relates her difficult seek via long-overlooked files to find this forgotten guy, providing perception into how America's obsession with race has made Walton's tale unwelcome. She explores the treachery, duplicity, and archival injuries that remodeled a guy devoted to the success of yankee democracy right into a shadowy determine.
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5. “Mail Box for Performers,” New York Age, February 6, 1908, 6, col. 6. 6. “Well Known Performers Organize the ‘Frogs,’” New York Age, July 9, 1908, 6, col. 2. 7 For a time, Walton co-owned and managed the Lafayette Theater, which became an important venue for black performance in Harlem. In this endeavor he helped make the history that constituted his historical narrative. Walton also wrote lyrics for Ernest Hogan, the self-styled “Unbleached American,” Will Marion Cook, and Luckyeth Roberts.
36. Curtis, Dancing to a Black Man’s Tune, 2–5. 37. Joanne V. Gabbin, Sterling Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition, 7. 38. Ann Douglas, Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s, 87. In the years since Douglas completed the research for this important study, some of the work she called for has been done. Still, compared to the forests devoted to 1920s white ﬁgures like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein, the work on African American writers and artists is still quite small.
1–2. 18. “The Performer and the Economy,” New York Age, March 26, 1908, 6, col. 1–2. 19. For Walton’s understanding of the goals of both organizations, see “Colored Vaudevillans (sic) Organize,” New York Age, June 10, 1909, 6, col. 1–3. 010 c1 (11-32) 4/28/08 4:32 PM Page 20 20 Encountering a Ghost focused on ragged performances, miscues on stage, songs and sketches that did not quite hit the mark, or acts with questionable content. But I wasn’t prepared for these lectures on best business practices.