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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942$
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Christopher Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031687

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031687.001.0001

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Comparative Prosperity Arrives

Comparative Prosperity Arrives

September 1933–April 1935

(p.102) Chapter Six Comparative Prosperity Arrives
Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942

Christopher Wilkinson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the evidence of the comparative economic prosperity enjoyed by black Mountaineers in West Virginia following the implementation of New Deal policies as reflected in a dramatic increase in the number of public dances. It provides statistics showing an increase in the number of coalfield communities that provided sites for public dances during the period from 1933 to 1945, and also lists territory bands performing in West Virginia during this period.

Keywords:   economic prosperity, black Mountaineers, West Virginia, New Deal policies, public dances, coalfield communities, territory bands

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