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Louis Armstrong and Paul WhitemanTwo Kings of Jazz$
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Joshua Berrett

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300103847

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300103847.001.0001

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Civilization on Trial

Civilization on Trial

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(p.37) 2 Civilization on Trial
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Louis Armstrong and Paul Whiteman
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Joshua Berrett

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300103847.003.0003

This chapter looks at Paul Whiteman's success in Atlantic City, and Louis Armstrong's landing of a part in King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band as second cornet. It notes that for all the dynamic modernism of the Jazz Age, there still remained the proliferation of racial bigotry and intolerance. The rioting and bloodshed of the “Red Summer” of 1919 that began in Chicago and spread throughout other U.S. cities was still a fresh memory. Also to be noted is the closing of the Ku Klux Klan and the Passage of the Immigration Act of 1924. This, along with many other events throughout history, would greatly affect the content and mood of jazz at the time, especially in the dominant figures of Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong.

Keywords:   Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, modernism, Jazz Age, racial bigotry, intolerance, Red Summer, Ku Klux Klan, Immigration Act of 1924

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