“I am not a propagandist,” declared the matriarch of American modern dance Martha Graham while on her State Department funded-tour in 1955. Graham’s claim inspires questions: the United States government exported Graham and her company internationally to over twenty-seven countries representing every seated president from Dwight D. Eisenhower through Ronald Reagan, and planned to continue under George H.W. Bush. She intersected with politically powerful women in a story of "Good Old Women's History" from Eleanor Dulles, sister of Eisenhower’s Dulles brothers in the State Department and CIA, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, to political matriarch Barbara Bush. With her tours and modernist aesthetic, Graham represented American Cold War ideology globally. Her political biography demonstrates the power of the individual, immigrants, republicanism, and, ultimately, freedom from walls and metaphorical fences with cultural diplomacy through the unfettered language of movement and dance. Learn more at Oxford University Press.
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"Scholars and general readers alike will appreciate how Victoria Phillips focuses on the era’s most
innovative dancer to craft her rich history of the Cold War. Highly recommended!”
- Emily S. Rosenberg,
co-editor of Body and Nation: The Global Realm of U.S. Body Politics in the Twentieth Century