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Roosevelt's Blues: African American Blues and Gospel Songs on FDR

Rijn, Guido Van

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ISBN 10: 0878059385 / ISBN 13: 9780878059386
Published by Univ Pr of Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.A., 1997
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First softcover printing. With period illustrations and extensive notes. 292 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 7774

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Title: Roosevelt's Blues: African American Blues ...

Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Soft Cover

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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In Roosevelt's Blues, Guido van Rijn documents more than a hundred blues and gospel lyrics that contain direct political comment about FDR. Altogether, they convey the thought, spirit, and history of the African-American population during the Roosevelt era.

Included in the book are recorded sermons by Rev. J. M. Gates and lyrics to songs recorded by such notable musicians as Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, Big Bill Broonzy, "Champion" Jack Dupree, Sonny Boy Williamson, Josh White, the Mississippi Sheiks, and many others. Using these sources, which have been neglected by historians, van Rijn documents Roosevelt's vast popularity among blacks.

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In blues lyrics of the thirties and forties a reflection of FDR's influence on black America

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