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355
American
Music
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Unformatted text preview: MUS
355
American
Music
 Unit
3
 “Music
and
Class”
Module
 
 Reading
guide
text
for
David
Roediger,
The
Wages
of
Whiteness,
Chapter
5.
 
 Drawn
from
an
important
study
of
race
and
labor
relations
in
the
United
States,
this
 reading
explores
some
early
examples
of
Americans
using
race
to
understand
and
 create
class
differences.

Roediger’s
specific
topic
is
rioting,
a
common
event
in
 America
before
the
civil
war,
and
one
often
accompanied
by
music.

Race
riots
often
 exploded
at
festivals,
taverns,
and
other
locations
where
music
was
a
focus,
or
mobs
 would
use
music
as
part
of
their
destructive
ritual.
 
 What
does
Roediger
mean
by
“labor
discipline?”

How
does
this
process
 connect
with
racism
in
America?
 
 How
did
minstrelsy
songs
transform
existing
stereotypes
such
as
“coon,”
 “buck,”
and
“Mose?”

According
to
Roediger,
why
did
these
shifts
take
place?
 
 Why
did
the
government
and
labor
discipline
advocates
disapprove
of
mixed‐ race
festivals?
 
 Why
did
the
white
rioters
discussed
by
Roediger
wear
blackface?

How
does
 this
relate
to
class
issues?
 
 Where
does
music
play
a
role
in
the
street
violence
detailed
here,
and
why?


 
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2011 for the course MUS 355 taught by Professor Carson during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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