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Blues Empress in Black Chattanooga: Bessie Smith and the Emerging Urban South
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. Michelle R. Scott uses Smith's life as a lens to investigate broad issues in history, including industrialization, Southern rural to urban migration, black community development in the post-emancipation era, and black ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 4th 2008 by University of Illinois Press
(first published July 1st 2008)
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Blues Empress in Black Chattanooga: Bessie Smith and the Emerging Urban South wasn't the best book that I have read. It was long on the emerging urban South and pretty skimpy on Bessie. This book was based upon a doctoral dissertation and it pretty much read like one. I live in Chattanooga and was hoping that this book would give me some insights into the world of jazz and the blues. There was a very limited coverage of the musical elements and plenty on the socio-economic and broader cultural ...more