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Juke Joints An American Classic


        posted by erika, Spacious Planet, October 09, 2011

Juke Joints were bars primarily operated by African Americans in the South Eastern United States. They offered food, drink, dancing and gambling for weary workers and often became the social center of rural communities and urban neighbourhoods.

Juke Joints began to pop up all over America after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and went into decline with the racial integration of the south in the 1960s.

Juke Joints were hotbeds of African American music and many innovative musicians got their start on the Juke Joint circuit.

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