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By Sherrie Tucker

Open from 1942 till 1945, the Hollywood Canteen used to be the main well-known of the patriotic domestic entrance nightclubs the place civilian hostesses jitterbugged with enlisted males of the Allied countries. because the establishing evening, while the crowds have been so thick that Bette Davis needed to input during the rest room window to provide her welcome speech, the storied dance ground the place motion picture stars danced with infantrymen has been the topic of a lot U.S. nostalgia concerning the "Greatest Generation." Drawing from oral histories with civilian volunteers and armed forces site visitors who danced on the wartime nightclub, Sherrie Tucker explores how jitterbugging swing tradition has come to symbolize the warfare in U.S. nationwide reminiscence. but her interviewees' various reports and memories belie the opportunity of any singular old narrative. a few bear in mind racism, sexism, and inequality at the nightclub's dance flooring and in la neighborhoods, dynamics at odds with the U.S. democratic, egalitarian beliefs linked to the Hollywood Canteen and the "Good battle" in pop culture narratives. For Tucker, swing dancing's torque—bodies sharing weight, pace, and turning energy with no assured outcomes—is an apt metaphor for the jostling narratives, diverse views, unsteady stories, and quotidian acts that contain social history.

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