Louis Armstrong was born on August 4th, 1901 in New Orleans. He lived with his mother and father and his sister, Beatrice, who he called, Mamma Lucy. His mother, Mary Ann worked as a house servant for a “fine old” white family. He only had nice things to say about her - “My mother was a good and fine woman” (Armstrong, 2) His father, Willie, was a turpentine worker. At the age of 5, his parents divorced and Louis stayed with his mother and Mamma Lucy. He never spoke much about his father. Armstrong was born into notoriously violent neighborhood in New Orleans; it had earned the nickname “The Battlefield”. He described how in order to prove himself; he had to fight a few of the older kids until he was accepted. His mother told him to stay out of trouble though, and for the most part, he did. It was with this group of kids in... [continues]
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