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Sold It to the Devil: The Great Migration, Lost Generations, and the Perils of the Urban Dance Hall

Adam Gussow

in Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469633664
eISBN:
9781469633688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633664.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the first recorded devil blues song, Clara Smith's "Done Sold My Soul to the Devil" (1924). Public anxiety about the moral hazards experienced by black female migrants to the ... More


Way Up North in Louisville: Migration and the Meaning of the South

Luther Adams

in Way Up North in Louisville: African American Migration in the Urban South, 1930-1970

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834220
eISBN:
9781469603865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899434_adams.6
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines a song called “The L & N Blues” that was recorded by Clara Smith. It referred to the railway that ran between Nashville and Louisville, and on up into the North. The song ... More


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