Listen to this short podcast clip to learn about the “Red Summer” of 1919
Photogallery of the World War I Gold Star Mother Tours & Harlem’s Hellfighters
Meet at 9 A.M. outside jazz club TBD. Lecture topics will include James Reese Europe, the 369th Infantry Regiment, Buddy Gilmore, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Frank De Bronte, Eugene Bullard, and Ada “Bricktop” Smith, Bessie Coleman, the Pan African Conference and Marcus Garvey, and the African American Gold Star Mothers in Paris.
- Catel & Bocquet, Josephine Baker (2017)
- *Du Bois, W.E.B. “Returning Soldiers,” Crisis (No. 17, May 1919), 13-14.
- *Excerpt, Tyler Stovall, African Americans in the City of Light, Chapter 1
- *Class Jazz Set List
Blog Post Assignment
Select a song recorded in Paris by an African American between 1910 and 1940 and see where you can find traces of its historical life. Can you find a newspaper review of the song written at the time? Sheet music? A concert poster from that specific era? An interview about it?
Post your song in a blog post along with its archival trail, and provide an analysis of both 1) its lyrical and/or musical content and 2) its historical context. Things to possibly investigate include the significance of the record label it’s on, how the song was distributed, how it was received, if it was meant for a segregated or integrated audience, if it was distributed in Europe or also the United States, the technology used to record the song, what instruments are used, etc. Write about it and be prepared to share in class.