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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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Presenting America’s Religious Heritage Abroad

Presenting America’s Religious Heritage Abroad

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(p.123) 5 Presenting America’s Religious Heritage Abroad
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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/9780520284135.003.0005

The State Department used America’s predominantly Christian religion as part of its cultural presentations strategy. Many musical performers, including African American, white, and mixed choirs and even opera singers, performed Negro spirituals at the Department’s request. American musicians sang in Protestant churches and taught Christian music to choral groups, thereby supporting anti-Communist activity in Asia.

Keywords:   religion, church, Negro spiritual, Christian, Protestant, anti-Communist, State Department, African American, Asia

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