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Blues empress in black Chattanooga : Bessie Smith and the emerging urban South

Author: Michelle R Scott
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As one of the first African American vocalists to be recorded, Bessie Smith is a prominent figure in American popular culture and African American history. This title uses Smith's life as a lens to  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Scott, Michelle R., 1974-
Blues empress in black Chattanooga.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2008
(OCoLC)654313968
Named Person: Bessie Smith; Bessie Smith; Bessie Smith
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle R Scott
ISBN: 9780252033384 0252033388 9780252075452 0252075455
OCLC Number: 177019548
Description: xiii, 198 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: uncovering the life of a blues woman --
Beyond the contraband camps: Black Chattanooga from the Civil War to 1880 --
The freest town on the map: Black migration to new south Chattanooga --
The Empress's playground: Bessie Smith and black childhood in the urban South --
Life on Big Ninth Street: the emerging blues culture in Chattanooga --
An empress in vaudeville: Bessie Smith on the theater circuit.
Responsibility: Michelle R. Scott.
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"An important, new retrospective on the life and community in which renowned blues singer Bessie Smith was raised. Scott provides an excellent account of the dynamics of race, sex, and material Read more...

 
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