Satan in the dance hall : Rev. John Roach Straton, social dancing, and morality in 1920s New York City (Book, 2008) [WorldCat.org]
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Satan in the dance hall : Rev. John Roach Straton, social dancing, and morality in 1920s New York City

Author: Ralph G Giordano
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Satan in the Dance Hall explores the overwhelming popularity of social dancing and its close relationship to America's rapidly changing society in the 1920s. The book focuses on the fiercely contested debate over the morality of social dancing in New York City, led by moral reformers and religious leaders like Rev. John Roach Straton. Fed by the firm belief that dancing was the leading cause of immorality in New  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: John Roach Straton; John Roach Straton
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph G Giordano
ISBN: 9780810861466 0810861461
OCLC Number: 230729645
Description: xv, 249 pages, 38 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The war, the flu, and New York City --
Dr. Straton tells of buying drinks --
The dance of death and Satan's circus --
The dance masters respond to issues of morality --
Flappers and the dance of life --
The devil's music and the Scopes trial --
Searching for Satan in the dance hall --
Fighting the devil in modern Babylon --
Eulogy for the last dragon slayer.
Responsibility: Ralph G. Giordano.
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Satan in the Dance Hall explores the overwhelming popularity of social dancing and its close relationship to America's rapidly changing society in the 1920s. The book focuses on the fiercely contested debate over the morality of social dancing in New York City, led by moral reformers and religious leaders like Rev. John Roach Straton. Fed by the firm belief that dancing was the leading cause of immorality in New York, Straton and his followers succeeded in enacting municipal regulations on social dancing and moral conduct within the more than 750 public dance halls in New York City. Ralph G. Giordano conveys an easy to read and full picture of life in the Jazz Age, incorporating important events and personalities such as the Flu Epidemic, the Scopes Monkey Trial, Prohibition, Flappers, Gangsters, Texas Guinan, and Charles Lindbergh, while simultaneously describing how social dancing was a hugely prominent cultural phenomenon, one closely intertwined with nearly every aspect of American society from the Great War to the Great Depression. With a bibliography, an index, and over 35 photos, Satan in the Dance Hall presents an interdisciplinary study of social dancing in New York City throughout the decade. - Publisher.

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Describes a huge cultural phenomenon focusing on the debate about the morality of social dancing. * Foreword Reviews, January 2009 * This is a book of amazing revelations, leaving no doubt that jazz Read more...

 
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