Satan in the Dance Hall explores the overwhelming popularity of social dancing in the 1920s, examining its close relationship to America's rapidly changing society. The book also focuses on the fierce debate led by moral reformers and religious leaders such as Rev. John Roach Straton over the morality of social dancing in the more than 750 public dance halls in New York City.
Ralph G. Giordano is the author of Social Dancing in America, Volume 1 (2006) and Volume 2 (2007).
Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. The War, the Flu, and New York City Chapter 4 2. Dr. Straton Tells of Buying Drinks Chapter 5 3. The Dance of Death and Satan's Circus Chapter 6 4. The Dance Masters Respond to Issues of Morality Chapter 7 5. Flappers and the Dance of Life Chapter 8 6. The Devil's Music and the Scopes Trial Chapter 9 7. Searching for Satan in the Dance Hall Chapter 10 8. Fighting the Devil in Modern Babylon Chapter 11 9. Eulogy for The Last Dragon-Slayer Part 12 Bibliography Part 13 Index Part 14 About the Author