A right to sing the blues : African Americans, Jews, and American popular song (Book, 2001) [WorldCat.org]
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A right to sing the blues : African Americans, Jews, and American popular song

Author: Jeffrey Paul Melnick
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Black-Jewish relations," Jeffrey Melnick argues, has mostly been a way for American Jews to talk about their ambivalent racial status, a narrative collectively constructed at critical moments, when particular conflicts demand an explanation. Remarkably flexible, this narrative can organize diffuse materials into a coherent story that has a powerful hold on our imagination. Melnick elaborates this idea through an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Paul Melnick
ISBN: 9780674005662 067400566X 0674769767 9780674769762
OCLC Number: 1005081295
Awards: Nominated for Alan Merriam Prize 2001
Description: ix, 277 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The languages of Black-Jewish relations --
"Yiddle on your fiddle": the culture of Black-Jewish relations --
"I used to be color blind": the racialness of Jewish men --
"Swanee ripples": from blackface to white Negro --
"Lift ev'ry voice": African American music and the nation --
"Melancholy blues": making Jews sacred in African American music --
Epilogue: The lasting power of Black-Jewish relations.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Melnick.

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"Black-Jewish relations," Melnick argues, has mostly been a way for American Jews to talk about their ambivalent racial status. He elaborates this idea through an in-depth look at Jewish songwriters,  Read more...

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Did Jews embrace the blackface masks and popular song of minstrel shows--the style, language, and nuance of black culture--as a means of establishing their own status as whites? Melnick answers that Read more...

 
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