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The product of our souls : ragtime, race, and the birth of the Manhattan musical marketplace

Explores how African American performers, at the height of Jim Crow, transformed their racial difference into the mass-market commodity known as "black music". David Gilbert shows how they used the rhythmic sounds of ragtime, blues, and jazz to construct new representations of black identity, challenging preconceived ideas about race, culture, and modernity.
eBook, English, 2015
The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2015