DOI: 10.5176/2382-5650_CCS13.22

Authors: Donald C. Bellomy


An extraordinary constellation of biographical films about American entertainers and songwriters released between 1935 and 1959 suggests the extent to which Americans defined their nationalism in terms of popular culture, specifically music. The cinematic celebration of the creators of music over the course of a quarter century fostered a crucial alliance between the ideals of democracy and modernity, while ostensibly transcending divisions by ethnicity, region, and race.

Keywords: biographical film, popular music, popular culture, nationalism, immigration, race


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