The Formative Years of William Grant Still

Catherine Parsons Smith

in William Grant Still

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215429
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921573 | DOI:
The Formative Years of William Grant Still

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This chapter focuses on Still's boyhood years in Little Rock, Arkansas. This chapter reveals that Still grew up in a period of increasing racial violence and tension. It studies the various factors that influenced Still and his future career choices, including conditional privilege, the opposition to racial segregation, and support for racial uplift.

Keywords: boyhood; Little Rock; racial violence; career influences; conditional privilege; racial segregation; racial uplift

Chapter.  7802 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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