Hit by the Street: Dewey and Popular Culture

Hit by the Street: Dewey and Popular Culture Nakia S. Pope The idea for this paper started with an image that is likely wholly imaginary but interesting nonetheless. It's the late 1920s in New York City. John Dewey, after a busy day of teaching and working through the notes that will eventually become Individualism Old and New, leaves his office at Columbia University. Instead of turning south toward home, he turns north and east, into Harlem. He strolls for a bit, turns up 7th Ave., and stops in front of the Regent Theatre. He goes inside, takes off his coat, and catches the early showing of The Lights of New York. Fifty-seven minutes later, he leaves the Regent. He heads home, has a bite to eat with his daughter, but still feels restless. After dinner, he puts on his coat and hat and heads out again-- this time to 51st and Broadway, where a bandleader named Fletcher Henderson is playing at a club called Roseland. Dewey stands in the back, bespectacled and moustached, and watches the people dance to this new music called jazz. Maybe he even has a drink . . . . I am not sure this ever happened, but it makes a compelling http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Education and Culture Purdue University Press

Hit by the Street: Dewey and Popular Culture

Education and Culture, Volume 27 (1) – Jun 3, 2011

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Nakia S. Pope The idea for this paper started with an image that is likely wholly imaginary but interesting nonetheless. It's the late 1920s in New York City. John Dewey, after a busy day of teaching and working through the notes that will eventually become Individualism Old and New, leaves his office at Columbia University. Instead of turning south toward home, he turns north and east, into Harlem. He strolls for a bit, turns up 7th Ave., and stops in front of the Regent Theatre. He goes inside, takes off his coat, and catches the early showing of The Lights of New York. Fifty-seven minutes later, he leaves the Regent. He heads home, has a bite to eat with his daughter, but still feels restless. After dinner, he puts on his coat and hat and heads out again-- this time to 51st and Broadway, where a bandleader named Fletcher Henderson is playing at a club called Roseland. Dewey stands in the back, bespectacled and moustached, and watches the people dance to this new music called jazz. Maybe he even has a drink . . . . I am not sure this ever happened, but it makes a compelling

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Published: Jun 3, 2011

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