Dancing to a Black Man's Tune: A Life of Scott Joplin

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University of Missouri Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
Born in 1868 to former slaves, Scott Joplin lived at a time when white Americans routinely denied African Americans basic civil rights, economic opportunities, and social standing. In spite of these tremendous obstacles, Joplin and other musicians created a musical form that was eagerly embraced by white, middle-class Americans. By the early 1900s, many writers agreed that "Negro" music - especially spirituals and ragtime - was the only true American music.
 

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DANCING TO A BLACK MAN'S TUNE: A Life of Scott Joplin

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Not really a biography, but an episodic social history centering on the life of ragtime composer Scott Joplin. Historian Curtis (Purdue; A Consuming Faith, not reviewed) has selected as her focus ... Read full review

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Joplin's music first came to the attention of most people through the 1973 film The Sting, but aside from the recollections of aging family and friends, little accurate biographical information was ... Read full review

Contents

THE KING OF RAGTIME
68
THE INCORPORATION OF RAGTIME
98
LOST IN URBAN AMERICA
129
THE LEGACY OF SCOTT JOPLIN
161
NOTES
191
BIBLIOGRAPHY
239
INDEX
259
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Susan Curtis is Professor of History and American Studies and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University. She is the author of several books, including A Consuming Faith, The First Black Actors on the Great White Way, and Colored Memories (all with the University of Missouri Press).

The Missouri Biography Series, edited by William E. Foley

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