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Music and the Making of a New South
Author: Gavin James Campbell

ISBN: 9780807855171
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15 February 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 1.4
Description:
Startled by rapid social changes at the turn of the twentieth century, citizens of Atlanta wrestled with fears about the future of race relations, the shape of gender roles, the impact of social class, and the meaning of regional identity in a New South. Gavin James Campbell demonstrates how these anxieties were played out in Atlanta's popular musical entertainment.

Examining the period from 1890 to 1925, Campbell focuses on three popular musical institutions: the New York Metropolitan Opera (which visited Atlanta each year), the Colored Music Festival, and the Georgia Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention. White and black audiences charged these events with deep significance, Campbell argues, turning an evening's entertainment into a struggle between rival claimants for the New South's soul. Opera, spirituals, and fiddling became popular not just because they were entertaining, but also because audiences found them flexible enough to accommodate a variety of competing responses to the challenges of making a New South.

Campbell shows how attempts to inscribe music with a single, public, fixed meaning were connected to much larger struggles ...

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