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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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African American Ambassadors Abroad and at Home

African American Ambassadors Abroad and at Home

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(p.101) 4 African American Ambassadors Abroad and at Home
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Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy
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Danielle Fosler-Lussier

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284135.003.0004

Marian Anderson and Louis Armstrong were America’s most visible African American musical ambassadors during the Civil Rights era. Both became important commentators about race abroad. Louis Armstrong was a popular media figure, but racist opinions about jazz and Armstrong’s political comments about school segregation in Little Rock caused public outcry against his ambassadorship. By contrast, Edward R. Murrow televised Marian Anderson’s State Department tour, and the American public responded warmly to her genteel persona and conciliatory words.

Keywords:   African American, Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Civil Rights, Little Rock, race, media, television, ambassador, Edward R. Murrow

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