Dance Floor Democracy

May 28, 2015

Jitterbug dancers, 1938
Credit LIbrary of Congress/Google Images -- CC

During World War II, the Hollywood Canteen in Los Angeles was a famous nightclub where civilian hostesses danced with Allied soldiers of all races. It was an oasis during a time of segregation — or was it? KU professor Sherrie Tucker interviewed people who frequented the club and heard about their different — and sometimes contradictory — experiences on the dance floor.

Guest:

Sherrie Tucker, author, Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen