The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.: First Black Bandmaster of the United States Navy / Edition 1

The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.: First Black Bandmaster of the United States Navy / Edition 1

by Alton Augustus Adams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520251318

ISBN-13: 9780520251311

Pub. Date: 04/02/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

Alton Augustus Adams, Sr., was a musician, writer, hotelier, and the first black bandmaster of the United States Navy. Born in the Virgin Islands in 1889, Adams joined the U.S. military in 1917. Although naval policy at the time restricted blacks to menial jobs, Adams and his all-black ensemble provided a bridge between the local population and their all-white

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Alton Augustus Adams, Sr., was a musician, writer, hotelier, and the first black bandmaster of the United States Navy. Born in the Virgin Islands in 1889, Adams joined the U.S. military in 1917. Although naval policy at the time restricted blacks to menial jobs, Adams and his all-black ensemble provided a bridge between the local population and their all-white naval administrators. His memoirs, edited by Mark Clague, with a foreword by Samuel Floyd, Jr., reveal an inspired activist who believed music could change the world, mitigate racism, and bring prosperity to his island home.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520251311
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/02/2008
Series:
Music of the African Diaspora Series
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Samuel A. Floyd, Jr.
Acknowledgments by Mark Clague

Introduction: The Soul of Alton Adams by Mark Clague

The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr., 1889-1987
1. A Historical Memoir
2. The St. Thomas Craftsmen of the Nineteenth Century
3. The Value of Education
4. Music in the Virgin Islands and the Founding of the Adams Juvenile Band (1909)
5. The United States Navy Band of the Virgin Islands (1917-1923)
6. The Navy Band's 1924 United States Tour
7. The Close of the Naval Years (1925-1931)
8. The Naval Administration (1917-1931): An Evaluation
9. Civilian Government and Politics (the 1930s)
10. The Power of the Press (the 1940s)
11. Tourism and the Hotel Association (the 1950s)

Editorial Methods by Mark Clague
Editorial Notes by Mark Clague
Selected Bibliography

Index

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