African American

Fascinating Women: Bessie Smith and the Blues

Many music historians–and historians in general–consider the musical genres that emerged from African-American communities at the turn of the century to be the first authentically “American” style of music. Ragtime, blues, jazz, and the like are also considered the soundtrack of early twentieth century American life, and the combination of the popular press, new technologies …

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HBO’s Parade’s End

Six months after its closing episode, Parade’s End is finally airing on HBO. I was able to watch all five parts last year, and cannot recommend the mini-series highly enough. Though Ford Madox Ford’s tetralogy, published between 1924 and 1928, is ranked as one of the 20th century’s greatest modernist novels, it is rather obscure …

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