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They were also a place where cheap liquor could be found during the notorious prohibition era. During the early twenties, these cabarets only housed the occasional white guests; however, by 1925, white clientele were attracted in large numbers to the clubs. This change in audience had a visual influence on the development of the cabarets. By the time of his return, Fisher noticed not only changes in the venue names, but the entertainment as well. To him it appeared that this white influence began driving Negro culture in a new direction. What had previously been considered to be only black entertainment was now entering the main stream in white culture, and being accepted. This change in approval likely drove black artists to take new risks. Black musicians began testing new ideas and were receiving positive feedback. The roots of popular artists such as Paul Robeson, Henry Creamer and Turner Layton can all be traced to these Harlem cabarets. Despite the growth of white audiences in black clubs, negro attendance at the white establishments was still dismal.
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  • Spring '07
  • Moon
  • White people, Rudolf Fisher, Negro culture

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