As World War II came around, so too did opportunities for all-female jazz bands to thrive. The men were fighting in the military, and women now took their place. While such bands were not uncommon, their popularity hit a major stride in this era.
Juneteenth: Many slaves knew about Lincoln’s executive order emancipating them. The news was widely covered in Texas newspapers—with an anti-abolitionist spin—and Black people would have overheard white people discussing it in private and in public.