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  • 1. Editors' Introduction–Karl Hagstrom Miller and Ellen Noonan

    2. Without One Ritual Note: Folklore Performance and the Haitian State, 1935–1946–Kate Ramsey

    3. Radical Conservations: The Problem with the London Museum–Jordanna Bailkin

    4. Marimba: Dance of the Revolutionaries, Dance of the Folk–Katherine Borland

    5. Reflections on the Folk–Karl Hagstrom Miller

    6. The Uses of Disciplinary History–Regina Bendix

    7. Narrating Black Music's Past–Ronald Radano

    8. Patrolling the Boundaries–Daniel Walkowitz

    9. The Folklorist As "Cultural Activist": An Interview with Steve Zeitlin–Adina Back and Sally Charnow

    Teaching Radical History

    10. Activist Pedagogy–Heidi Tinsman

    11. Using History to Inform Political Participation in a California History Course– Gerald Shenk and David Takacs

    12. Teaching Eighties Babies Sixties Sensibilities–Georgina Hickey and Peggy G. Hargis


    13. Coming to Terms with the Right: Kari Frederickson, The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932–1968, Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right–John Howard

    14. Orphaned, Adopted, and Abducted: Parents and Children in Twentieth-Century America: Julie Berebitsky, Like Our Very Own: Adoption and the Changing Culture of Motherhood, 1851–1950, Paula S. Fass, Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America, Linda Gordon, The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction–Shafali Lal

    15. Founders Chic As Culture War: Joseph J. Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Joanne B. Freeman, Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, David McCullough, John Adams–David Waldstreicher

    16. "History Will One Day Have Its Say": New Perspectives on Colonial and Postcolonial Congo: Ronan Bennett, The Catastrophist, Ludo De Witte, The Assassination of Lumumba. Translated by Ann Wright and Renée Fenby, Adam Hochschild, King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, Johannes Fabian, Remembering the Present: Painting and Popular History in Zaire, Pagan Kennedy, Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo, Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible, Michela Wrong, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo, Lumumba: Death of a Prophet, directed by Raoul Peck, Pièces d'identités, directed by Mweze Ngangura–Yaël Simpson Fletcher

    17. In Memoriam

    Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti: Seventy-Five Years Later

    18. The Abusable Past–R. J. Lambrose

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    The Uses of the Folk introduces a new way of understanding the relationship between artists and populations designated as "the folk" and the scholars who define them. The issue begins with the premise that vernacular culture is an important tool through which communities assert their interests and identities within national and international politics. More than simply protecting or preserving traditions in the face of modernization, folk culture—and state or academic interest in it—gives many practitioners a rare but powerful voice within debates about modernity, national identity, and culture from which they have typically been barred. Folk communities often show a profound willingness to change the presentation of the culture in order to gain maximum advantage from authorities needed for authenticating power.
    The essays explore a variety of incarnations of "the folk," from the contested meanings of folk dance in creating a national culture in twentieth-century Haiti and Nicaragua, to the ways that the London Museum’s collection of artifacts challenged early-twentieth-century British notions of gender, labor, and citizenship, to the production of urban folklore in New York City. The Uses of the Folk identifies folk culture of the past and present as an important site of ongoing struggle—one affecting all scholars who draw on folk or vernacular culture in their work.

    Contributors. Adina Back, Jordanna Bailkin, Regina Bendix, Katherine Borland, Sally Charnow, Peggy P. Hargis, Georgina Hickey, John Howard, Shafali Lal, R. J. Lambrose, Ronald Radano, Kate Ramsey, Gerald Shenk, David Takacs, David Waldstreicher, Daniel Walkowitz, Steve Zeitlin

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