Harlem, Hollywood and Popular Culture in the 20's
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This paper explores the influence of Harlem and Hollywood on popular culture in the 1920's, particularly their impact on music and dance. First, the paper gives historical background on Harlem and the renaissance of African-American literature and music that took place there. Various musicians are mentioned and their links to African music. Then, the paper describes the influence of Harlem's speak easies on American culture. Next, the paper discusses Hollywood's influence on music and its role in helping to make Jazz so popular. It also addresses Holywood's role in promoting fashion. The paper concludes by stating that both Harlem and Hollywood had a major effect on the culture of American society during the 1920's, representing a significant shift in the way people were entertained and viewed the world.
From the Paper:"Harlem was originally a wealthy community that was surrounded by country estates; however, the abolition of slavery brought many former slaves north. To escape a society that continued to discriminate against them, these people migrated over time to Harlem. Where, they were able to create their own sense of culture that spoke to the very heart of African and white Americans. What happened was; many of different African Americans began to practice their own customs that have roots tied directly to their African heritage. By the 1920's, Harlem had become the heart of everything that was hip about black America. A good example of this can be seen by looking no further than the overall style of dance that came out of Harlem. Where, Jazz was becoming one of the most popular forms of music played at dancehalls and speak easies around the country. Jazz, has roots to the Harlem music scene as: the likes of Louie Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington making their mark. The place where all these musicians were known for playing at was the Savoy Ballroom. This was significant in Harlem, because no matter what color or nationality you were; if you could dance, this was the place to go."
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