The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.: First Black Bandmaster of the United States Navy

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University of California Press, Apr 2, 2008 - Music - 367 pages
Alton Augustus Adams, Sr., was a musician, writer, hotelier, and the first black bandmaster of the United States Navy. Born in the Virgin Islands in 1889, Adams joined the U.S. military in 1917. Although naval policy at the time restricted blacks to menial jobs, Adams and his all-black ensemble provided a bridge between the local population and their all-white naval administrators. His memoirs, edited by Mark Clague, with a foreword by Samuel Floyd, Jr., reveal an inspired activist who believed music could change the world, mitigate racism, and bring prosperity to his island home.
 

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Contents

The Soul of Alton Adams
1
The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams Sr 18891987
19
1 A Historical Memoir
21
2 The St Thomas Craftsmen of the Nineteenth Century
30
3 The Value of Education
47
4 Music in the Virgin Islands and the Founding of the Adams Juvenile Band 1910
61
5 The United States Navy Band of the Virgin Islands 19171923
86
6 The Navy Bands 1924 United States Tour
123
An Evaluation
175
9 Civilian Government and Politics the 1930s
187
10 The Power of the Press the 1940s
233
11 Tourism and the Hotel Association the 1950s
263
Editorial Methods
287
Editorial Notes
293
Selected Bibliography
335
Index
341

7 The Close of the Naval Years 19251931
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Alton Augustus Adams Sr. was a bandmaster and civic leader in the Virgin Islands in the first half of the twentieth century. Mark Clague is Assistant Professor of Musicology, American Culture, and African American Studies at the University of Michigan. Samuel Floyd Jr. is Director Emeritus of the Center for Black Music Research and series editor for Music of the African Diaspora, UC Press.

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