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This book contains an interesting section written in 1906 by Mark Twain (pg. 84-89). In the section, Twain reminisces about the old minstrel shows he saw and loved, providing first hand accounts of the shows themselves. Most notably, he is very…

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"The Weary Blues" is a poem by Langston Hughes, a poet commonly considered to be a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, and one of the founding members of the jazz poetry movement. The poem captures the feeling and spirit of a jazz club by…

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Ethel Waters was a prominent jazz vocalist in the 1920s. Her music demonstrates what the boundary-blurring jazz music of the 1920s actually sounded like. It is critical to understand the music itself, because it is the linchpin of the ensuing social…

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I came across this source in researching Eubie Blake, who wrote the first all-black musical to appear on Broadway. He was enormously commercially successful. This is one of the most famous songs from the musical, Shuffle Along. This song speaks…

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The Savoy Ballroom was a very important music venue during the 1920s in New York City. This source is the "history" page from the Savoy Ballroom web site, as the venue is still in use. There are photos of prior performers from the 1920s,…

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This cover of the New Yorker from the 1920s depicts both the spirit and color of the Jazz Age. The cover conveys a sense of movement and rhythm. It is also important to note that the two people depicted in the image are of different races. This…

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The United States passed the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906 and established federal regulation of food and drug products. It also forbade the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated, misbranded, or poisonous foods, drugs, medicines, and…

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This sheet music has been included in the primary source material in this collection because of the lyrical content. The Farber Sisters sing about attending Darktown Dancing School - learning how to dance and appreciate music by being exposed to the…

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Louis Armstrong is considered one of the greatest American musicians of all time, according to secondary source material quoted in the introductory essay. His inclusion in these primary sources is to help the viewer understand his musical prowess.…

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I found this image in an essay by Brian Klitz. The image is dated to a book filed with the Library of Congress on August 16, 1854. The image is either a page, or possibly a cover, from a method book. The book is clearly designed for black dance…
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