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Sweet Home Chicago: Part IV. Blame it on the Blues

Thomas Dorsey was an active composer and blues performer before his gospel breakthrough in the early 1930s. In 1910 at age 11 he sold candy at Atlanta’s famous 81 Theater where he first heard William “Pa” Rainey and Gertrude “Ma” … Continue reading

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Sweet Home Chicago: Part II. Building the Black Metropolis

Chicago was the fastest growing city in the world at the end of the 19th century; population doubled to one million between 1880 and 1890, grew to over two million by 1910 and passed three million by 1930. Population growth and … Continue reading

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