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An Archaeology Of Jazz: Urban And Racial Identity At The Blue Bird Inn, Detroit

Author(s): C. Lorin Brace VI

Year: 2016

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The postwar period was a transformative time for African American communities in Detroit. Mass migrations of African Americans from the south and shifts in the racial boundaries between neighborhoods led to dramatic changes in the urban makeup of the city. Located at the center of one such neighborhood in Detroit’s Westside was the Blue Bird Inn, one of the most important jazz clubs in the city as well as a social hub for the community. The Blue Bird rose to prominence in the late 1940s with the shift to bebop jazz, paralleling the changes in urban racial dynamics occurring in the neighborhood at the time. This paper explores changes in African American urban identity during this period as seen through archaeological work done at the Blue Bird Inn.

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An Archaeology Of Jazz: Urban And Racial Identity At The Blue Bird Inn, Detroit. C. Lorin Brace VI. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434494)


Detroit Jazz Urban

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
20th Century

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 316

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America