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The Relevance of Jazz in Modern Historiography


Chun, Bradley (Kaulana) (2021) The Relevance of Jazz in Modern Historiography. Other, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/sj9x-qs25.


[Introduction] Power and information often go hand in hand. Those who have the power to shape the world around them exercise that power to affect how they are viewed, and their ability to control cultural narratives in this way cements their power. Disempowered minorities are not only oppressed but suppressed, either circumstantially (through limited access to education and academia) or directly (through propaganda and silencing). When studying African American history, it becomes especially important to include as many perspectives as possible because of the systemic silencing and misinformation that these people have faced for centuries. In their article "Why Jazz Still Matters," historian Dr. Gerald Early and ethnomusicologist Dr. Ingrid Monson argue that jazz, both as a set of musical forms and a broader culture surrounding them, provides an insightful perspective on the oft-overlooked lives of society's oppressed peoples. While not traditionally viewed as a historical record, jazz has preserved generations of emotions and stories within its complex forms and expressions. Referencing the ideas of some of the most influential figures in jazz, the authors draw connections between the music stylings of jazz and the values that it encouraged.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subject Keywords:Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Prize for Writing ; Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Prize for Writing in Freshman Humanities ; Hixon Writing Center
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Humanities and Social Sciences
Major Option:Humanities
Awards:Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Prize for Writing, 2021.
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Group:Hixon Writing Center, Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Prize for Writing, Alexander P. and Adelaide F. Hixon Prize for Writing in Freshman Humanities
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Defense Date:2021
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:09152021-183042788
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ID Code:14364
Deposited By: Leslie Rico
Deposited On:15 Sep 2021 21:31
Last Modified:07 Jun 2022 18:55

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