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Harlem in MontmartreA Paris Jazz Story between the Great Wars$
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William Shack

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225374

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225374.001.0001

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Jazz from the Trenches

Jazz from the Trenches

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(p.11) 2 Jazz from the Trenches
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Harlem in Montmartre
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William A. Shack

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225374.003.0002

On 7 May 1915, German submarines torpedoed the British luxury liner SS Lusitania off the coast of Munster, Ireland, in the icy waters of the Irish Sea. Plying the maritime lanes of the Atlantic, German submarines were ordered to sink all ships approaching the ports of England and France. The loss of the Lusitania, in which 1,198 people were drowned, including 128 Americans, helped weaken American isolationism, creating an emotional fervor to strengthen a common heritage linking two continents. Harlem perceived the sinking of the Lusitania and Congress's declaration of war much as W. E. B. Du Bois did: “The last hour of a horrible war has come.” Patriotism was high in 1917, and transformed the souls of most Americans during the war, not least the souls of black folks. Harlem joined the clamor to defend democracy abroad, as black voices were raised elsewhere in the Bronzevilles of America.

Keywords:   SS Lusitania, Harlem, World War I, patriotism, blacks

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