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Before The Blacklist: How The New York Jazz Community Promoted Radical Politics As An Agent Of Social Change Leading Up To The Mccarthy Era, Brian Casey May 2016

Before The Blacklist: How The New York Jazz Community Promoted Radical Politics As An Agent Of Social Change Leading Up To The Mccarthy Era, Brian Casey

Thompson Jazz Studies Program Graduate Theses & Dissertations

As a musical form that is inextricably linked with the story of race in America, jazz has had a long-standing connection to American politics. While the most obvious period of these connections according to the common narrative of jazz history is the Civil Rights era, there are other periods in which jazz and politics have told an equally compelling story. Overlooked by many jazz historians, the important role of radical politics in the jazz of the 1930s and 1940s creates an impressive precursor to the jazz of the 1950s and 1960s in terms of activism, and should be considered a ...