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Struggling to Define a NationAmerican Music and the Twentieth Century$
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Charles Hiroshi Garrett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254862

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254862.001.0001

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Louis Armstrong and the Great Migration

Louis Armstrong and the Great Migration

(p.83) 3. Louis Armstrong and the Great Migration
Struggling to Define a Nation

Charles Hiroshi Garrett

University of California Press

This chapter looks at how American music making has been formed by internal migration, particularly the Great Migration, focusing on Louis Armstrong, a jazz performer and one of the most celebrated migrants. It studies Armstrong's music mainly in terms of the meanings that it offered to his fellow African American migrants. The chapter shows that Armstrong's “Gully Low Blues” is proof that cultural tensions do not need to emerge as conflicted and fractured, but may instead bring forth triumph and hope.

Keywords:   American music making, Great Migration, Louis Armstrong, African American migrants, cultural tensions, Gully Low Blues

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