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Square Dance Legislation Collection

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Square Dance Legislation Collection

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Square Dance Legislation Collection

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The Square Dance Legislation Collection consists of manuscript materials (1975-present) documenting the history of legislation to designate the square dance as the national or state (folk) dance. The bulk of the materials concerns the public hearing on House Resolution 1706 held June 28, 1984, before the Subcommittee on Census and Population of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, House of Representatives, 98th Congress. The collection also contains background material documenting the history and philosophy of Western-style square dance organizations and publications and their lobbying efforts to support such legislation. ...

The Square Dance Legislation Collection is a manuscript collection consisting primarily of correspondence, government records, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and other publications that document the history of legislation to designate the square dance as the national (folk) dance. The collection also includes material concerning related efforts at the state level. It spans the years 1975 to the present, with the largest portion concerning the public hearing on House Resolution 1706 in 1984.

Although dozens of states have adopted square dance at the official state dance, the move to do so at the federal level was highly controversial. See, for example, Julie Mangin's commentary in the Old Time Herald (v.4(7) p.9-12, Spring 1995) highly critical of that attempt.

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American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Date Created

1984

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