Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the by Sherrie Tucker

By Sherrie Tucker

Open from 1942 till 1945, the Hollywood Canteen was once the main recognized of the patriotic domestic entrance nightclubs the place civilian hostesses jitterbugged with enlisted males of the Allied countries. because the beginning evening, whilst the crowds have been so thick that Bette Davis needed to input throughout the rest room window to provide her welcome speech, the storied dance ground the place motion picture stars danced with squaddies has been the topic of a lot U.S. nostalgia concerning the "Greatest Generation." Drawing from oral histories with civilian volunteers and army site visitors who danced on the wartime nightclub, Sherrie Tucker explores how jitterbugging swing tradition has come to symbolize the warfare in U.S. nationwide reminiscence. but her interviewees' different stories and memories belie the opportunity of any singular ancient narrative. a few bear in mind racism, sexism, and inequality at the nightclub's dance ground and in la neighborhoods, dynamics at odds with the U.S. democratic, egalitarian beliefs linked to the Hollywood Canteen and the "Good struggle" in pop culture narratives. For Tucker, swing dancing's torque—bodies sharing weight, pace, and turning strength with no assured outcomes—is an apt metaphor for the jostling narratives, various views, unsteady thoughts, and quotidian acts that include social history.

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