United States has seen a major role in its growth being played by African Americans. The term ‘American’ may still be inaccurate because the United States is seen as an amalgamation consisting of various cultures, and with the influx of Africans into America it is correct to say that they have made their personal identity in the American culture. People in their everyday life have been exposed to African culture, be it in music, dance, songs, listening to radio, eating their cuisine and support and African American Commander in Chief, whether they like it or not. As multiple cultures have been supporting each other in many economies and have provide immense opportunities, the Africans have made an extraordinary contribution which goes beyond the scope of the simple and basic contribution to the economy as labor and employment. This essay argues with the thesis that as claimed for non-involvement and fewer contribution, African Americans have had a significant influence on the culture of United States such as concept of ‘free-slaves’, music, slavery, migration pattern of African Americans, and labor markets economic perspective.
The first contribution made by African Americans to the United States is in the scope of music. Stewart (1998) adds that the music of African Americans had ben rooted in the traditional African groups in the polyrhythmic music in the regions of Sub Saharan Africa. The slavery years saw the use of music primarily which had the intention of transferring learning between generations, to incite emotions and relay messages. The spiritual music still sung in churches is being amalgamated with European music to create special rhymes. Later on in the 1800s, this music was able to enter conventional American society as a result of the blackface minstrel show. When the twentieth century began, the invention and introduction of modern technological innovation helped in elevating the African American music to great heights in the predominated music industry of the whites (Southern, 1971). With this advent, famous music forms like jazz, ragtime, blues and swing became more popular. Since a number of white music industry experts thought the African music to be duller and rusty, the general population was almost fragmented into allowing entry of such music into the main stream music and television industry. Plays like ‘Hallelujah!’ that was and African American directed play helped to fill the Broadway. A new form of music called South Bronx had started during the dawn of 1970s which had special element of being considered as half singing and half speaking. This particular musical cultural movement propelled the forms of hip-hop like hip house, rap and new jack swing (Hecht, Jackson & Ribeau, 2003). Late in the 20th century, the music started to become widely accepted in major Hollywood films along with the singing of these songs by modern artists who sang old songs in new genres.