Essay On Jazz Music
The developing genre of music caught the attention of many Americans during the 1920s. It also brought Americans closer together. Jazz was born in New Orleans and began as a secular dance music that came from ragtime piano music, brass-band music, and the guitar, vocal, harmonic, barroom music called the blues (Murray). It was one of America’s first unique art forms that let African- American people express themselves and contributed to the energy that pulsed through Harlem during the 1920s (Pearson). The inspiration for jazz came mostly from the music, the feelings, and the history of blacks in America ("Harlem Renaissance: American Literature and Art”). Jazz music in the 1920s made things better the African- Americans in America.
The 1920s was known as the “Jazz Age” and was a very eventful period of time in America and was full of Hope and aspiration. Although good things came out of the 1920s there were also negative things. There was an increase of activity by the Klu Klux Klan organization. Whites were prejudice against African- Americans, Jews, Catholics, and immigrants. Americans had to deal with World War I and the Great Depression. They Also had to deal with a stock market crash toward the end of the decade