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By Zeese Papanikolas

The profound financial and social adjustments within the post-Civil warfare usa created new demanding situations to a state based on Enlightenment and transcendental values, non secular certainties, and rural traditions. Newly-freed African american citizens, emboldened ladies, intellectuals and artists,and a polyglot tide of immigrants chanced on themselves in a stressed new global of railroads, factories, and skyscrapers the place outdated assumptions have been being challenged and new values had but to be created. In An American Cakewalk: Ten Syncopators of the trendy World, Zeese Papanikolas tells the full of life and pleasing tale of a various team of figures within the arts and sciences who inhabited this new the US.

Just as ragtime composers subverted musical expectancies by means of combining eu march timing with African syncopation, so this book's protagonists—who variety from Emily Dickinson to Thorstein Veblen and from Henry and William James to Charles Mingus—interrogated the trendy American global via their very own "syncopations" of cultural givens. The outdated antebellum slave dance, the cakewalk, with its parody of the manners and pretensions of the white fogeys within the mammoth condominium, offers a template of ways the tricksters, shamans, poets, philosophers, ragtime pianists, and jazz musicians who inhabit this publication used the humanities of parody, satire, and hide to subvert American cultural norms and to create new works of amazing attractiveness and highbrow vigor.

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