Essie Mae Moody, known on her birth certificate as Anne Moody, shares her incredibly intimate perspective on life for African Americans in the South in the 1940s through 60s in her autobiography, Coming of Age in Mississippi.  From age four until about twenty-four, the book explains the world from Essie Mae’s eyes, mind, and heart.  […]

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Working-class blues

Here are links to the musical selections for this week: Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong, “Sobbin’ Hearted Blues” Woody Guthrie, “So long it’s been good to know you” Woody Guthrie, “Pastures Of Plenty” Paul Robeson, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” Paul Robeson, “Lonely Road” “Three songs by Leadbelly” Billie Holiday, “Strange Fruit” Son […]

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