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By Sharon Ammen

ISBN-10: 0252040651

ISBN-13: 9780252040658

ISBN-10: 025208215X

ISBN-13: 9780252082153

May Irwin reigned as America's queen of comedy and tune from the Eighties during the Nineteen Twenties. a real popular culture phenomenon, Irwin conquered the valid degree, composed tune lyrics, and parlayed her big name into good fortune as a cookbook writer, suffragette, and actual property multi-millionaire. Sharon Ammen's in-depth examine lines Irwin's hurly-burly existence. Irwin received repute while, layering points of minstrelsy over ragtime, she popularized a racist "Negro tune" style. Ammen examines this forgotten song, the society it either mirrored and entertained, and the methods white and black audiences acquired Irwin's performances. She additionally delves into Irwin's hands-on administration of her picture and occupation, revealing how Irwin rigorously outfitted a public personality as a nurturing housewife whose maternal abilities and acting acumen bolstered each other. Irwin's act, soaked in racist music and humor, outfitted a fortune she by no means relinquished. but her career's legacy resulted in a posthumous obscurity because the state that when cherished her developed and changed.

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