Blacks in Paris During the 1920s Essay

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Blacks World Spotlight: on the International Stage in the 1920s
During World War I the United States bought nearly 200,000 African-American soldiers to France. Majority of the African American soldiers were from the southern region of the United States of America. Many Blacks stayed after the war, generating a permanent Black population in France. The ending of the First World War also marked the beginning of the New Negro Movement or Harlem Renaissance in the United States. During this time African Americans emerged as talented, creative intellectuals leaving their footprint on 1920s America. While much focus of the New Negro Movement is centered in the United States, it indeed was an international affair. The purpose of this research
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Jazz was introduced in Paris during a time period known as Années Folles, which is translated as the crazy years. Années Folles is also a time period recognized as the Roaring Twenties in France. After [Paris] nearly being destroyed in World War I, and the battlegrounds for most of the bloodshed, its people sought an outlet of relaxation and fun. Apparent in the identical names of the United States and Paris’s name for the time period, Paris was highly influenced by the American Roaring Twenties. With new technology like radio and cinema being pushed on a world market, the happenings of place would soon be mimicked in another. Jazz’s influence in Paris would lead to the introduction of American dances like the Charleston and the shimmy. The wild dances could be seen on a new type a show recognized as a cabaret. A cabaret would usually be featured in night clubs as a single show including dance, theater, comedy, and music.
The impact of Black Jazz and dance sparked La Revue Négre, which is translated as the Black Review. La Revue Négre was the grand idea and production of Caroline Dudley Reagan, a white American socialite. This was an all-Black, twenty member cast of musicians and performers, many from Harlem, who debuted at Theatre des Champs Elysees.

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