This study demonstrates that jazz as it appeared in narrative
fiction was often used as a forum to address the nation's anxieties
in the turbulent years during which the United States gradually
changed from a nation dedicated to an isolationist policy to a
superpower likely to intervene in foreign conflicts. The jazz
narrative became one of the means through which this paradigm shift
was justified to an American audience. Jazz might strike many
readers as a subject only for aficionados, but this book is
accessible to a broad audience. It is aimed at casual fans of jazz
music curious about the music's broader role in the cultural
development of the United States and the interplay between jazz and
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