Squeeze This!: A Cultural History of the Accordion in America

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Date: Fall 2013
From: The Historian(Vol. 75, Issue 3)
Publisher: Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 607 words
Lexile Measure: 1330L

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Squeeze This!: A Cultural History of the Accordion in America. By Marion Jacobson. (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2012. Pp. xi, 219. $29.25.)

The author of this study, a musicologist, provides a lively and interesting history of the much-maligned accordion. Squeeze This! blends the linear trajectory of the invention, development, promotion, and acceptance of the instrument in the United States with analysis exploring the part the accordion has played in the development of American culture.

First developed in Europe in the middle of the nineteenth century, it was under Italian construction, primarily from the town of Castelfidardo, that the instrument received its design and promotion. By the 1950s, over 90 percent of accordions played by Americans came from their Italian factories. The proliferation and expansion of the market came right before World War I with the incorporation of cheaper and lighter plastics, which allowed for mass production and an expansion...

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