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These blues tell you much about the life and times of the fabulous men who made that music. The chronicle of the blues five Smiths pie Hill, Ma goes on through the great singers: the Bessie, Clara, Trixie, Mamie, and Laura; Ida Cox, ChipRainey. This impassioned history gives you rough, un- trained voices with a majesty and a power that have scarcely been by the finest of Wagnerian singers. These women were some- equaled times impoverished, rarely comfortable financially. They sang for gin and rent money, and their masterpieces appeared on the socalled "race" labels of the record companies.

Were forthcoming: trumpets and In eighteenth-century Boston and Salem, and in similar cities and was the music of dancing assemblies and settlements, the minuet festooned balls. Lower down Cotillions were danced in the class structure, to English country tunes. fancy and fatiguing fiddling ac- companied dancing at weddings and in taverns. There were jigs from Ireland and reels from Scotland and a merriness that often went the whole night through. In New York there were long rows of houses of entertainment of all kinds on the Bowery, and an ease of musical conscience too, since Dutch Calvinism had made its peace with the things of this world.

Ordinance of March 10, 1857, which licensed prostitution, merits some close examination. In the words of the New Orleans Common Council's Ordinance Number 3267, "an Ordinance concerning Lewd and Abandoned Women," the specter of illicit though ladies, The comes immediately alive, for all the flat phrases and the In first of sixteen sections, the districts in which "it legal dryness. shall not be lawful for any woman or girl, notoriously abandoned to lewdness, to occupy, inhabit, live or sleep in any one-story house or building, or the lower floor of any house or building," were named.

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