Children's LiteratureThis "Travel Guide" series allows readers to explore and experience the culture of the jazz era of Harlem including its history, people, sights and sounds. Although occupying less than three square miles of Manhattan Island, Harlem has more than 350,000 African-American residents. Between 1919 and 1928 Harlem experienced an awakening some called the "Harlem Renaissance." This inspirational creativity in areas such as art, literature, dance and music has influenced African American society as well as the American culture in general. During World War I black people found their labor in high demand as American industries strived to meet immediate needs for weapons and supplies. In the 1920's many of these laborers were able to save enough money to buy homes and other real estate properties such as businesses. Entertainment included a broad range of events catering to both whites and blacks, including lounges, clubs, food, jazz, dancing, the arts and gambling. To enhance learning the book includes black and white maps, diagrams, photographs and an annotated bibliography. 2004, Lucent Books/The Gale Group, Ages 11 to 13.