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The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause

The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause - a book about folk dance, film, and the life of Vasile Avramenko. Includes black-and-white photos. Shortlisted for the Kobzar Literary Award in 2016.


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A quixotic figure, Vasile Avramenko (1895–1981) used folk culture and modern media in a life-long crusade to promote Ukraine’s struggle for independence to North American audiences. From his base in New York City, he built a network of folk dance schools and produced musical spectacles to help Ukrainian immigrants sustain their identity. His feature-length Ukrainian language films made in the 1930s with Hollywood director Edgar G. Ulmer, the “king of ethnic and B movies,” were shown throughout North America. Orest T. Martynowych’s The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause is a fascinating portrait of how culture can become a political tool in an immigrant community.

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Weight 0.3850
Height 2
Length 23
Width 15.5
Product type soft cover book
Number of pages 218
Age range 18-99
Language English
Author/Artist Martynowych Orest T.