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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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