Louis Armstrong and the Jazz Age



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Louis Armstrong highly influenced the Jazz age which was booming in the 1920’s. Leaving this era to be known as the “Roaring 20’s”  Louis was born in Louisiana, the heart of jazz. Later he was well as many other African Americans migrated to cities in the north. The Harlem Renaissance is an example of desegregation in informal ways before it occurred politically. I believe it gave them more respect as a race and recognized them for their talents and culture.

The Harlem Renaissance is the development of the African American artistic culture formed, creating pride in the race. What triggered the Renaissance to occur was the Great Migration. This was when African Americans traveled north due to better economic opportunities and to escape segregation that was happening in the south. Harlem is one of the many cities that became extremely populated with African Americans. However, this city is what started it all. The development that transpired in Harlem spread to the other cities which also had a variety of nightclubs where the jazz music sky rocketed.

Armstrong was one of the many iconic people in this time period. Writers such as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale did an extraordinary job portraying the feel of the Jazz age. This along with the lasting music from Louis is the constant reminder of how powerful this time period is and how it has stuck throughout history.

English: This chart shows three groups of majo...
English: This chart shows three groups of major contributors to the flowering of the New Negro Movement during the 1920’s and 1930’s in Harlem: Niggerati writers, New Negro intellectuals and Negrotarian patrons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Textbook  The American Vision reference page 616