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        Jazz: A Metaphor for America

        In this video from the American Masters film Ralph Ellison: An American Journey, scholars discuss the author’s ideas about jazz music.  Ellison recognized jazz as an art form that represented the complexity of America’s multicultural democratic society.  This resource may be used alongside Ellison’s Invisible Man, but is also well suited for use in a lesson, unit, or course on African American literature.     

        For additional resources on Ralph Ellison: An American Journey and to purchase the complete DVD, visit California Newsreel.

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