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  • Journal of the Society for American Music, Volume 4, Issue 3
  • August 2010, pp. 307-338

Henry Ford's Dance Revival and Fiddle Contests: Myth and Reality

  • PAUL M. GIFFORD (a1)
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  • Published online: 15 July 2010

Henry Ford's interest in reviving the dances of his youth and publicizing old fiddlers was a major media phenomenon of the 1920s. The claims of one fiddler became the source of the often repeated, but erroneous, assertion that Ford sponsored a national fiddlers' contest, which in turn has become a part of country music lore. This article, based mostly on archival sources and newspapers, attempts to describe the particular musical and dance traditions that interested Ford, his personal activities and ambitions in this area, his motivations, and the larger popular interest in the subject itself.

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Robert S. Rifkind “Confronting Antisemitism in America: Louis Marshall and Henry Ford.” American Jewish History 94/1–2 (March–June 2008): 7190.

Victoria Saker Woeste . “Insecure Inequality: Louis Marshall, Henry Ford, and the Problem of Defamatory Antisemitism, 1920–1929.” Journal of American History 91/3 (2004): 877905.

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