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Blind Tom, the Black Pianist-Composer (1849-1908): Continually Enslaved Paperback – September 10, 2002

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[Southall] writes with passion and considerable knowledge of the subject. (Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association)

Blind Tom is a work of empirical research, sympathy and engagement... [it] illustrates the continuing strengths and virtues of "traditional" scholarship in the field of musicological studies. (Journal of American Studies)

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Geneva Handy Southall is Professor Emeritus of Afro-American Studies at the University of Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (September 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810845458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810845459
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,018,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of Blind Tom is symbolic of how white businessmen and the American legal system have exploited and profited from African American genius from cradle to grave before and after the Civil War. It also illustrates how white supremacy was supported by the American Legal System, in a timeless metaphor of how African American lives are only valuable if someone can profit from their talents. Finally, it showed how few rights African American parents had over their children before and after the Civil War.
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