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Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943 (American Made Music Series) Hardcover – February 3, 2012

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“Lawrence Schenbeck masterfully explores the turbulent journey of racial uplift ideology, and the black artistic community who sought to use cultural sophistication as a vehicle for affirming race progress. Carefully documented and beautifully written, Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878–1943 is a thorough analysis and an honest portrayal of the social and ideological complexities surrounding the African American struggle for black cultural recognition, in which musical artistry played a central role. Provocative and insightful, this work is a must-read for anyone who truly wants to understand the history of American music.”

―Toni P. Anderson, author of “Tell Them We Are Singing for Jesus”: The Original Fisk Jubilee Singers and Christian Reconstruction, 1871–1878

“Presented with elegant and crystal-clear prose, Schenbeck’s powerful book explores the strategies adopted by a vital array of African American thinkers, musicians, critics, and patrons, all seeking to find their place during a pivotal moment of American musical history. The book offers scholarship at its best―probing, sensitive, detailed, wide-ranging, keen, and, appropriately in this case, uplifting.”

―Charles Hiroshi Garrett, author of Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music and the Twentieth Century, and editor-in-chief of The Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition

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Product Details

  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (February 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617032298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617032295
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,165,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Racial Uplift is an excellent contribution to the study of the social and cultural influences on American music, particularly Black classical music. Dr. Schenbeck's poised writing style and vivid descriptions of various accounts and events in American history provides the reader with first hand information on the significance of the musical contributions of Black classical composers such as R Nathaniel Dett and social/political contributions of WEB DuBois, James Trotter, and Nora Holt. I would recommend this book as a great supplement to any ethnomusicology course, African-American Music course, or any course that combines music and sociology/culture.
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