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By Daniel J. Walkowitz

this can be the tale of English nation Dance, from its 18th century roots within the English towns and nation-state, to its transatlantic jump to the U.S. within the twentieth century, informed via not just a well known historian but additionally a folks dancer, who has either immersed himself within the wealthy background of the folks culture and rehearsed its steps. In urban folks, Daniel J. Walkowitz argues that the historical past of nation and people dancing in the United States is deeply intermeshed with that of political liberalism and the ‘old left.’ He situates folks dancing inside of strangely diversified contexts, from revolutionary period reform, and playground and faculty pursuits, to the adjustments in shopper tradition, and the venture of a modernizing, cosmopolitan center type society. Tracing the unfold of folks dancing, with specific emphases on English kingdom Dance, foreign folks Dance, and Contra, Walkowitz connects the background of people dance to social and overseas political impacts in the USA. via archival study, oral histories, and ethnography of dance groups, urban folks permits dancers and dancing our bodies to talk. From the norms of the 1st half the century, marked strongly by way of Anglo-Saxon traditions, to the chilly warfare nationalism of the post-war period, and eventually directly to the counterculture hobbies of the Nineteen Seventies, urban people injects the riveting historical past of folks dance in the midst of the tale of contemporary the US.

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