By Angela Y. Davis
The writer of "Women, Race and Class" means that "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie vacation signify a black working-class, feminist ideology and historic realization. Davis' illuminating research of the songs played by way of those artists offers readers with a compelling and transformative figuring out in their musical and social contributions and in their relation to either the African-American neighborhood and American tradition. of pictures.
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