All of This Music Belongs to the Nation: The Wpa's Federal Music Project and American Society

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Univ. of Tennessee Press, Oct 1, 2003 - Music - 184 pages
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A historical study of the Federal Music Project (FMP) investigates the paradoxical mission of employing popular musicians during the depression and "raising" musical tastes by emphasizing European classical traditions. Bindas (history, Kent State U.) reveals the obvious tensions between FMP leadership and its musicians, particularly the racial and ethnic segregation perpetuated by its policies. However, in an even-handed treatment, the project's successes in bringing music to millions of listeners is also highlighted. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

The Contradictions of Creation
1
The Peoples Music 19351936
15
Expansion Curtailment and Attack 19371938
25
Expanded Exposure
36
An Opera for the People 47
128
Women Musicians
136
Bibliography
145
Index
161
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Kenneth J. Bindas is an associate professor of history at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, in Warren, Ohio. He is the author of "All of This Music Belongs to the Nation: The WPA's Federal Music Project" and "American Society, 1935-1939".

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