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William Grant StillA Study in Contradictions$
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Catherine Parsons Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520215429

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520215429.001.0001

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“harlem Renaissance Man” Revisited

“harlem Renaissance Man” Revisited

The Politics of Race and Class in Still's Late Career

(p.182) “harlem Renaissance Man” Revisited
William Grant Still

Catherine Parsons Smith

University of California Press

This chapter studies the politics of race and class during Still's late career. It discusses Still's outspoken anticommunism. It proposes that his anticommunism and acceptance of the “plot theory” are closely connected to the race-based critical expectations that were often assigned to his music across his career. This chapter is limited to an attempt to understand the political position that lay behind Still's unfortunate public statements.

Keywords:   politics, race and class, late career, anticommunism, plot theory, political position, public statements

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