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By Zeese Papanikolas

The profound fiscal and social adjustments within the post-Civil battle usa created new demanding situations to a country based on Enlightenment and transcendental values, spiritual certainties, and rural traditions. Newly-freed African american citizens, emboldened ladies, intellectuals and artists,and a polyglot tide of immigrants discovered themselves in a stressed new global of railroads, factories, and skyscrapers the place outdated assumptions have been being challenged and new values had but to be created.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 fashionable World, Zeese Papanikolas tells the full of life and exciting tale of a various workforce of figures within the arts and sciences who inhabited this new the United States.

Just as ragtime composers subverted musical expectancies through 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 fashionable 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 The outdated antebellum slave dance, the cakewalk, with its parody of the manners and pretensions of the white fogeys within the gigantic residence, presents a template of ways the tricksters, shamans, poets, philosophers, ragtime pianists, and jazz musicians who inhabit this booklet used the humanities of parody, satire, and cover to subvert American cultural norms and to create new works of miraculous attractiveness and highbrow vigor.

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