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Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities

Susan Eike Spalding


This book employs twenty-five years' worth of rich interviews with black and white Virginians, Tennesseeans, and Kentuckians to explore the evolution and social uses of dance in each region. It analyzes how issues as disparate as industrialization around coal, race relations, and the 1970s folk revival profoundly influenced freestyle clogging and other dance forms. The book then reveals how African Americans and Native Americans, as well as European immigrants drawn to the timber mills and coal fields, added to local dance vocabularies. By placing each community in its sociopolitical and econo ... More

Keywords: race relations, dance, industrialization, folk revival, freestyle clogging, African Americans, Native Americans, European immigrants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038549
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Eike Spalding, author