Essay on The Great Depression Of The 1920 ' S

1563 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
The 1920’s and 30’s were significant decades for America. The Roaring 20’s are often characterized with great effervescence; a time of speakeasies, flashy parties, excessive wealth, good fortune, and jazz music. Jazz music, at the time, was the rhythm of the people. It moved with their joy and beat with their jubilance. But in 1929, everything changed. Tragedy struck, and the Great Depression befell the country like a suffocatingly thick blanket, smothering the flame of the American people. Despite these circumstances, or perhaps, because of these circumstances, people found the burning need to create and experience music deep within their souls. Jazz music, instead of expressing the joy of the people like before, drew it out from within them. It provided entertainment, relief, and redefined music and social standards for years to come, but also came with a dark side.
Jazz music was nothing new, but it grew with the struggling people of the time, making it so rawly human and deeply American. Originally, the foundation for Jazz music was Blues, which originated in the Southern United states, “but its roots can be found in the musical traditions of both Africa and Europe” (What). It was a way for African Americans to express their injustice, suffering, and their strength and unity in the face of great adversity. Wynton Marsalis, a popular modern jazz musician, explained, “Military marching bands, folk music, the blues, different types of church music, ragtime, echoes of…

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