Streets, Sounds and Identity in Interwar Harlem

  title={Streets, Sounds and Identity in Interwar Harlem},
  author={Clare Corbould},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={859 - 894}
  • C. Corbould
  • Published 1 July 2007
  • History
  • Journal of Social History
Harlem was never entirely a "black" neighborhood. White landlords, shopkeepers, policemen, and visitors abounded. In the 1920s and 1930s, Harlem's African American residents made it seem theirs, however, through the use of sound. What white visitors found "noisy"—whether they were excited or repelled by it—marked out the territory, as it were. Sounds ranged from special events including parades and funerals, to everyday activities such as street speaking and hanging out. This use of public… 

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