Swamps of Louisiana or from the lower East Side of New York

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter III) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Swamps are composed of marshes with shrubs and trees but what makes the “Swamps of Louisiana” different is that they are naturally very resourceful. It is plausible that Gatsby’s money emerged from there.

Lower east side of New York was a center of settlement especially for the Jewish people who fled through Ellis island. It seems credible that Gatsby wealth can be traced back to the Lower East side of New York because it is an overly populated city with multiple job offers.

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