Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was said that he thought he was born on July 4, 1900 (Armstrong 7). While Louis was still an infant his father, William Armstrong, abandoned his family. He spent the first years of his life living with his Grandmother since at the time his parents were going through a separation. At age 5, he moved i...
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...wded with people searching for work after farms began to whither and rot. The Great Depression influenced the development of mass entertainment. It allowed people to escape their problems for a while. Louis talked about the great depression and how it affects the people around him. He stated in his book “Satchmo: my life in New Orleans” how one of his band mates had to starve himself all summer. He would rather eat an apple then a hot meal to save his earnings. Louis said this incident taught him to never to deprive his stomach. “I’ll probably never be rich but I will be a fat man. I never deprived myself of thing I thought absolutely necessary” (208-209). Louis Armstrong’s statement showed that there were two outlooks of the Great Depression: the ones who saw the Great Depression as a problem that was getting worse or saw the Great Depression as a benefit for them.
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