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Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical

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From 1925 to 1951 - three chaotic decades of depression, war and social upheaval - Jewish writers brought to the musical stage a powerfully appealing vision of America fashioned through song and dance. It was an optimistic, meritocratic, selectively inclusive America in which Jews could at once lose and find themselves - assimilation enacted onstage and off, as Andrea Most ...more
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by Harvard University Press
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Feb 16, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
The author examines how Jews invented the Broadway musical as a way to assimilate themselves into American life. Meanwhile, they created an idealized version of Americana, far rosier than the reality.

For instance, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented Oklahoma in 1943, a show full of optimism about pioneer life and a "Brand New State!" From what I've read, breaking in a new land was not all that perky. And never mind that in the ten years prior to the musical, desperate and dustworn Okies had been l
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