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This newspaper article from the New York Clipper was printed on March 25, 1882. The article was presumably written by a well-traveled Englishman named H.P. Grattan. The article details an 1842 experience with entertainment in a private residence…

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I first came across this song when reading Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff’s book Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, “Coon Songs”, and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz. The song entitled “All Coons Look Alike to Me” was written by Ernest Hogan…

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This source discusses some of the pieces needed for the transition from ragtime to jazz. Ragtime, and the earlier minstrel shows, were widely popular and successful. While these shows brought attention to African American musicians, the attention…

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This article first discusses the actual structure and formation of jazz music. The source also gives valuable information on the early effect jazz had on society. Discussed extensively were the changes jazz had on dance and music clubs. While jazz…

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This source comes from a journal article by George C. Grant entitled “The Negro in Dramatic Art” written in 1932. What I immediately noticed was the author’s claim that African Americans were making a conscientious attempt to improve their standing…

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W.S. Turner’s 1927 journal article entitled “Has the Negro Arrived?” details the emergence of the New Negro. More importantly, Turner explains this emergence through the context of jazz music. His argument is especially important because it…

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This is an identification card for Plutarco Chavez-Ruiz,a participant in the United States's Bracero Program, a guest worker program that lasted from 1942 to 1964 in response to growing demands for cheap labor during World War II and the ensuing…

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This is the autobiography of Sarah Bixby Smith, 1871-1935. Smith and her family moved to Los Angeles from San Jaun Bautista when she was six years old, and she gives a detailed account of her life in LA, where she attended public school before going…

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This is a highly informative report of a well-conducted survey of the Mexican presence in the United States in the late 1920s. Over a period of ten weeks, Bresette talked to church bishops, priests, missionaries, social workers, teachers, employers,…

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These are the minutes from a very lengthy hearing before the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization concerning House Resolution 271: Relating to the Temporary Admission of Illiterate Mexican Laborers. Discussion is on the shortage of labor in…
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