Charles Hiroshi Garrett

in Struggling to Define a Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942820 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses American music and national identity, explaining why the emphasis on cultural debate is important for studying American music. It looks at cultural theory and the historiography of African American music. The final part of the chapter presents an overview of the entire book and its chapters.

Keywords: American music; national identity; cultural debate; cultural theory; historiography; African American music

Chapter.  6666 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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