• 1896-1920
  • Extremely popular
  • very upbeat and was played by the average American on pianos with sheet music
  • syncopation: left hand=easy right hand=swag
  • Instrumental and Vocal Ragtime
  • Cakewalks and “coon songs” were forms of entertainment performed by blacks to entertain and mock whites in America
  • Whistling Coon: George Johnson
  • Cakewalk: couples dance originated by slaves; imitation of white slaveholders
  • Key artists: Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, and James Scott


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