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By Zeese Papanikolas

The profound financial and social adjustments within the post-Civil conflict usa created new demanding situations to a state based on Enlightenment and transcendental values, non secular certainties, and rural traditions. Newly-freed African americans, emboldened girls, intellectuals and artists,and a polyglot tide of immigrants came upon themselves in a stressed new global of railroads, factories, and skyscrapers the place outdated assumptions have been being challenged and new values had but to be created.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 energetic and wonderful tale of a various crew of figures within the arts and sciences who inhabited this new the US.

Just as ragtime composers subverted musical expectancies through 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 international 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 The outdated antebellum slave dance, the cakewalk, with its parody of the manners and pretensions of the white parents within the large condominium, offers a template of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 hide to subvert American cultural norms and to create new works of unbelievable good looks and highbrow vigor.

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