Ragging it: Getting Ragtime Into History (and Some History Into Ragtime)

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iUniverse, 2005 - 419 páginas
Ragging It takes the reader on a lively, historical journey back to the days of vaudeville, fancy women, amusement parks, lynch mobs, saloons, and cabarets--a time when the upbeat music of ragtime was a craze that permeated our culture.

Author H. Loring White, a former history professor, focuses on the vastly contrasting biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Scott Joplin, while showcasing the uniqueness of ragtime--the first popular syncopated music of the masses. In 1900, times began to move more quickly. With citizens no longer isolated on farms, ragtime was eagerly accepted by the world's first generation of popular culture, which also reveled in cakewalks; coon songs; and animal dances, such as the Grizzly Bear, Turkey Trot, and Bunny Hug. White recounts true stories about show business, political events, the repression of African-Americans, the world's fairs, and the triumphs of technology.

Although ragtime disappeared abruptly in just a few years with the emergence of jazz, White never lets you forget the vital role that ragtime played in the Progressive Era of American culture. With its new and vital interpretation of the Roosevelt era, he will take you back to a lively time in history when everyone was Ragging It!

 

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Contents by Topic
1
Getting to the Nineties I
7
Getting To The Nineties II
25
Puttin On the Hits
48
Reforming the Civil Service and the Police
54
Fathers of Vaudeville I
60
White Cities and Midways
66
Fathers of Vaudeville II
87
The Unexpected Miracle
188
Boley or SelfSegregation
194
Ragging It in the White House
204
Varieties of the Social Evil
220
The Ragtime Nation 19051910 and a Little Beyond
231
Take Me Out to Lakeside
233
A Man A Plan A Canal Panama
247
From Coontown to Jungletown
260

Wilmington Coup
106
The Business of the Social Evil
115
Sedalia
120
A Ragtime Stunt
125
The Maple Leaf Rag
129
Living the Ragtime Life 19001904
135
The New Presidency
137
The March King
149
Mindset
153
Headliners I
166
St Louis
176
The Brownsville Affray
275
SRP
294
New York I
303
Indianapolis Excursion and the Ragtime Women
312
NewYorkII
319
Regulation Reform Conservation
330
Headliners II
342
Ragtime and the Social Evil
361
Acknowledgements
379
Index of Names and Titles
393
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