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American cabaret was the last great extension of a celebrated movement that began in the cafes of Paris and Berlin. It adapted an interpretive performance tradition that reflected the reaction of an artistic intelligentsia to European political and social realities into a variant that was expressive of the vibrancy of newly emerging jazz styles, the optimistic energy of Northern U. S. urban centers, and the uniquely American ways in which its society negotiated issues of social mores and race.

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