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Paul Laurence Dunbar, <i>Clorindy</i>, and “The Talented Tenth”

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195098228
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0007
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Clorindy, and “The Talented Tenth”

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Prominent black intellectuals, led by a distinguished minister, John Wesley Crumell, and including the young scholar, William E. B. Dubois and the poet, Paul Dunbar, had their own ideas “for the development of Negro genius”. Cook and Dunbar created the first all Negro musical show on Broadway, Clorindy, The Origin of the Cakewalk (1898), “moving the Great White Way from the waltz to ragtime”.

Keywords: John Wesley Crumell; William E. B. Dubois; Paul Dunbar; Negro music show; Broadway; ragtime

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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