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Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy$
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Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284135

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284135.001.0001

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Jazz in the Cultural Presentations Program

Jazz in the Cultural Presentations Program

(p.77) 3 Jazz in the Cultural Presentations Program
Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

University of California Press

African American jazz musicians participated eagerly in the State Department’s Cultural Presentations program because they wanted to make their music known worldwide. These musicians willingly adopted the government’s use of jazz as a symbol of freedom and democracy. In the Civil Rights era, the State Department found jazz useful as a practical demonstration of progress toward racial equality. It showed audiences African Americans’ affluence and musicianship, as well as their positive working relationships with their white colleagues. The use of jazz abroad also increased public acceptance of the music within the United States.

Keywords:   jazz, freedom, democracy, African American, race, Civil Rights, State Department, acceptance

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