Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Michael Faubion
Dr. Sonia Hernandez
Dr. Megan Birk
I have examined jazz music in the United States during the 1950s and argue that its popularity in various demographics illustrates that despite social and racial tensions jazz unified them. By explaining this we learn that Jazz’s popularity with different groups reflects not only jazz’s ever present flexibility but how societal values and issues are shown respectively. A brief background of the U.S during the 1950s, three key definitions for the nonconformist, conformist and purist as well as a brief history of jazz during the 1950s can be found in the introduction. Chapter II through IV deals with the specific categories respectively. Jazz is difficult to define and it is my goal to provide some context, clarity and deeper understanding of this genre. I discovered that Jazz is a vehicle to help understand the social make up of our country during one of the most nostalgic decades in the country.
University of Texas-Pan American
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