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Patrick L. Burke
Washington University (St. Louis, MO 63130-4899)
Jazz, Race, and Authenticity on Manhattan's 52nd Street, 1930-1950

I request an NEH Summer Stipend to support the writing of my book, _Come in and Hear the Truth: Jazz, Race, and Authenticity on Manhattan's 52nd Street, 1930-1950._ My work investigates the musical and social interactions that animated New York's 52nd Street entertainment district from the Great Depression into the postwar era. By focusing on complex interrelationships among racial categories and musical styles, I demonstrate that the musical culture of 52nd Street played a profound role in the construction of race in the United States.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2005 – 7/31/2005