“harlem Renaissance Man” Revisited

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:
“harlem Renaissance Man” Revisited

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This chapter studies the politics of race and class during Still's late career. It discusses Still's outspoken anticommunism. It proposes that his anticommunism and acceptance of the “plot theory” are closely connected to the race-based critical expectations that were often assigned to his music across his career. This chapter is limited to an attempt to understand the political position that lay behind Still's unfortunate public statements.

Keywords: politics; race and class; late career; anticommunism; plot theory; political position; public statements

Chapter.  12509 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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