Tuesday, September 16, 2014

No Innovation Without Migration: The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance had little to with Harlem the place, at Pacific Standard magazine.

Theme: Innovation geography.

Subject Article: "In Whose Garden Did the Harlem Renaissance Grow?"

Other Links: 1. "The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America."

Postscript: All will tell the same story, of migration:

Alphabetically we can list a hundred names of blues and jazz greats from Perry Anderson to Muddy Waters and all will tell the same story: grew up in the South, honed their skills in the bordellos or clubs of a southern city, went on to fame, if rarely fortune, in one of the music capitals of the North or West.

Wherever the migrants ended up, a great music scene flourished. No innovation without migration.

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