Monday, May 2, 2011

History Professor Publishes in the University of Southern California's Casden Institute Series

Dr. Peter La Chapelle, Associate Professor of History, just published an article in the prestigious USC Casden Institute series, The Jewish Role in American Life entitled ""Dances Partake of the Racial Characteristics of the People Who Dance Them': Nordicism, Antisemitism, and Henry Ford's Old Time Music and Dance Revival. " 

Dr. La Chapelle was awarded a research grant from the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his recent research regarding connections between carmaker Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism and his promotion of “old time” music. 

Publication cover courtesy of Purdue University Press
This volume of the Casden Institute's The Jewish Role in American Life annual series introduces new scholarship on the long-standing relationship between Jewish-Americans and the worlds of American popular music. For more information about the University of Southern California's Casden Institute, visit their website here.

Dr. La Chapelle is also the author of Proud to Be an Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California (University of California Press, 2007) which received an honorable mention for the Urban History Association's Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in Urban History.

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