Puget Sounds (Honors) Discussion Questions for October 7, 2014

Innes’ Band, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 Photo by Frank Nowell, Courtesy UW Special Collections (Image No. AYP1253). Originally posted by Pete Blecha at http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8876

Tomorrow we’ll be looking at musical Seattle of yore, including a focus on the AYP. In anticipation of our discussion, please consider the following:


  • Given what you learned last week, what do you think of the author’s characterization of Dawamish music?
  • What role did the UW play in the early musical life of Seattle?
  • Which music cultures must have clashed in early Seattle?
  • What were some of the positive impacts that musician unions had in early Seattle? Were there negative impacts?
  • What barriers existed for Chinese and African American musicians in early Seattle?


  • What’s the connection between AYP and Jimi Hendrix?


  • According to Seattle proponents, why was Seattle considered to be cosmopolitan?
  • According to the author, what opposing perspectives were affirmed by the inclusion of Japan and Japanese peoples in the AYP and other Seattle celebrations?
  • Were racist evolutionary perspectives a part of the AYP?
  • Did Japanese Americans pose a real or perceived economic threat to European Americans in Seattle? If so, what did this lead to?

For the second half of class we’ll have a change of venue and a surprise guest that we help us delve into primary sources from the AYP. Library fun awaits!


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