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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 country based on Enlightenment and transcendental values, spiritual certainties, and rural traditions. Newly-freed African american citizens, emboldened girls, intellectuals and artists,and a polyglot tide of immigrants chanced on themselves in a stressed new global of railroads, factories, and skyscrapers the place previous 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 vigorous and unique tale of a various team of figures within the arts and sciences who inhabited this new the USA.

Just as ragtime composers subverted musical expectancies by means of combining ecu 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 The outdated antebellum slave dance, the cakewalk, with its parody of the manners and pretensions of the white parents within the significant condo, presents a template of the way 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 remarkable attractiveness and highbrow vigor.

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