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Dance floor democracy : the social geography of memory at the Hollywood Canteen

Author: Sherrie Tucker
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2014. ©2014
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Open from 1942 until 1945, the Hollywood Canteen was the most famous of the patriotic home-front nightclubs where civilian hostesses jitterbugged with enlisted men of the Allied Nations. The storied dance floor remains the subject of much U.S. national nostalgia for the "Good War" and the "Greatest Generation." By drawing from oral histories with civilian volunteers and military guests who danced at the wartime  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Tucker, Sherrie, 1957-
Dance floor democracy.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2014
(DLC) 2014000772
(OCoLC)870147133
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sherrie Tucker
ISBN: 9780822376200 0822376202
OCLC Number: 873034743
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 384 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Prologue: dance floor democracy? --
Introduction: writing on a crowded dance floor --
On location: situating the Hollywood Canteen (and swing culture as national memory) in wartime Los Angeles --
Wrestling Hollywood to the map --
Cruising the Cahuenga Pass(t) --
Operating from the curbstone --
Patriotic jitterbugs: tracing the footsteps of the soldier-hostess dyad --
Dyad democracy --
Injured parties --
Torquing back --
Women in uniforms, men in aprons: dancing outside the soldier-hostess dyad --
The dyad from without --
The view from the mezzanine --
Men serving men --
Swing between the nation and the state --
(Un)American patrol: following the state on the dance floor of the nation --
The making(s) of national memory: Hollywood Canteen (the movie).
Responsibility: Sherrie Tucker.

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Open from 1942 until 1945, the Hollywood Canteen was the most famous of the patriotic home-front nightclubs where civilian hostesses jitterbugged with enlisted men of the Allied Nations. The storied dance floor remains the subject of much U.S. national nostalgia for the "Good War" and the "Greatest Generation." By drawing from oral histories with civilian volunteers and military guests who danced at the wartime nightclub, Sherrie Tucker complicates the history of the Hollywood Canteen.

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