This groundbreaking book, written by one of the foremost blues historians in the UK, is based on over 30 years' research, exploration and absolute passion for early blues music.
Author: Max Haymes
Publisher: Music Mentor Books
Category: African Americans
This groundbreaking book, written by one of the foremost blues historians in the UK, is based on over 30 years' research, exploration and absolute passion for early blues music. It is the first ever comprehensive study of the enormous impact of the railroads on 19th and early 20th Century African American society and the many and varied references to this new phenomenon in early blues lyrics. The book is comprehensively annotated, and also includes a Discography at the end of each chapter.
... whistle in “railroadin' Some,” which is little more than a singing call of towns
and lines he'd passed along (punctuated by his cheerful calling, “I'm on my
waaaay . . .”) set to a skipping guitar line. In citing the use of mimicry in omaha
Author: Joe Gioia
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A transformative look at a popular instrument and a hidden chapter of American history. The American guitar, that lightweight wooden box with a long neck, hourglass figure, and six metal strings, has evolved over five hundred years of social turmoil to become a nearly magical object—the most popular musical instrument in the world. In The Guitar and the New World, Joe Gioia offers a many-limbed social history that is as entertaining as it is informative. After uncovering the immigrant experience of his guitar-making Sicilian great uncle, Gioia’s investigation stretches from the ancient world to the fateful events of the 1901 Buffalo Pan American Exposition, across Sioux Ghost Dancers and circus Indians, to the lives and works of such celebrated American musicians as Jimmy Rodgers, Charlie Patton, Eddie Lang, and the Carter Family. At the heart of the book’s portrait of wanderings and legacies is the proposition that America’s idiomatic harmonic forms—mountain music and the blues—share a single root, and that the source of the sad and lonesome sounds central to both is neither Celtic nor African, but truly indigenous—Native American. The case is presented through a wide examination of cultural histories, academic works, and government documents, as well as a close appreciation of recordings made by key rural musicians, black and white, in the 1920s and ’30s. The guitar in its many forms has cheered humanity through centuries of upheaval, and The Guitar and the New World offers a new account of this old friend, as well as a transformative look at a hidden chapter of American history. “Gioia … offer[s] some intriguing and meticulously researched theories on the blending of musical cultures in America.” — Publishers Weekly “Gioia has spun an odd web: Sicilian guitar-maker forebearers, a 111 year ago presidential assassination, a hypothesis that American Indians had as big an influence on blues roots as African Americans. Altogether, a deliberately spinning teacup ride of a book.” — Tony Glover, coauthor of Blues with a Feeling: The Little Walter Story “Inspired by an ancestor who emigrated from Sicily to Buffalo, New York, where he became a legendary luthier, Joe Gioia uses his personal history as a point of embarkation to explore the guitar’s place in American roots music. From the Delta to Appalachia, and many points in between, this fascinating road map introduces readers to a cast of intriguing people and places.” — Holly George-Warren, author of Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry “The book is the best kind of American memoir, because it moves easily and naturally from one subject to another (apparently) quite different subject, adding up to an essay on what it means to be an American. It is … the best non-fiction page-turner I have read in quite a while … We need books like this one, lest we forget who we are.” — Donald Clarke, editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music
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Author: E. Keightley
Category: Social Science
A wide ranging, interdisciplinary exploration of media time and mediated temporalities. The chapters explore the diverse ways in which time is articulated by media technologies, the way time is constructed, represented and communicated in cultural texts, and how it is experienced in different social contexts and environments.
Frederick Douglass, describing his first plan to escape from his master, tells of
how he and several companions were ... Unfortunately, their plan was discovered
, and they had to abandon the idea.30 Travel along the coastline in some sort of ...
Author: William J. Switala
Publisher: Stackpole Books
• Maps of the major escape routes • Identifies houses and sites where slaves found refuge • Chapter on Canada discusses the final destination Tells the story of the network that guided escaped slaves to freedom, its operation, its important figures, and its specific history in New York and New Jersey. Pinpoints major routes in the states, with maps and information for locating them today.
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Perhaps some of the most unique passengers included a party from the Library of
Congress escorting the original U.S. Constitution , Declaration of Independence ,
and other valuable artifacts from the nation's capital to the gold bullion ...
Author: Bob Withers
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
In 1827, a group of Baltimore capitalists feared their city would be left out of the lucrative East Coast-to-Midwest trade that other eastern cities were developing; thus, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was chartered. Political pressure kept the B&O out of Pennsylvania at first, and so track crews headed for what is now West Virginia, building mountainous routes with torturous grades to Wheeling and Parkersburg. Eventually the B&O financed and acquired a spiderweb of branch lines that covered much of the northern and central parts of the Mountain State. This book takes a close look at the line's locomotives, passenger and freight trains, structures, and, most importantly, its people who endeared their company to generations of travelers, shippers, and small Appalachian communities.
Chapman wrote to Warner several times and asked him to send George back, but
Warner never complied. So Chapman went to Savannah to get George.
Chapman had a big argument with Warner and then took George back to his
Author: Don Papson
During the fourteen years Sydney Howard Gay edited the American Anti-Slavery Society’s National Anti-Slavery Standard in New York City, he worked with some of the most important Underground agents in the eastern United States, including Thomas Garrett, William Still and James Miller McKim. Gay’s closest associate was Louis Napoleon, a free black man who played a major role in the James Kirk and Lemmon cases. For more than two years, Gay kept a record of the fugitives he and Napoleon aided. These never before published records are annotated in this book. Revealing how Gay was drawn into the bitter division between Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, the work exposes the private opinions that divided abolitionists. It describes the network of black and white men and women who were vital links in the extensive Underground Railroad, conclusively confirming a daily reality.
These issues also caused serious splits within several religious groups. These
schisms fell along geographic lines. The churches in the South opposed any
elimination of slavery and in some cases even offered scriptural justifications for
Author: William J. Switala
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Includes detailed maps of the known routes and railroad sites. Organized in antebellum America to help slaves escape to freedom, the Underground Railroad was cloaked in secrecy and operated at great peril to everyone involved. The system was extremely active in Pennsylvania, with routes in all parts of the state.This book retraces those routes, discusses the large city networks, identifies the houses and sites where escapees found refuge, and records the names of the people who risked their lives to support the operation.
Soon, some were able to lease land and build their own cabins. Binga observed
only a few arriving in the 1830s and, later, as many as thirty a day. He said that “
after the Fugitive Slave Act took effect by fifties every day—like frogs in Egypt,” ...
Author: Carol E. Mull
Though living far north of the Mason-Dixon line, many mid-nineteenth-century citizens of Michigan rose up to protest the moral offense of slavery; they published an abolitionist newspaper and founded an anti-slavery society, as well as a campaign for emancipation. By the 1840s, a prominent abolitionist from Illinois had crossed the state line to Michigan, establishing new stations on the Underground Railroad. This book is the first comprehensive exploration of abolitionism and the network of escape from slavery in the state. First-person accounts are interwoven with an expansive historical overview of national events to offer a fresh examination of Michigan’s critical role in the movement to end American slavery.
Yet he had started on his journey north to freedom with the complicity of some
Yankee sailors and even a couple of men in positions of authority. According to
the account of his life that he wrote in later years, it happened in this fashion: ...
Author: Horatio T. Strother
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Here are the engrossing facts about one of the least-known movements in Connecticut’s history—the rise, organization, and operations of the Underground Railroad, over which fugitive slaves from the South found their way to freedom. Drawing his data from published sources and, perhaps more importantly, from the still-existing oral tradition of descendants of Underground agents, Horatio Strother tells the detailed story in this book, originally published in 1962. He traces the routes from entry points such as New Haven harbor and the New York state line, through important crossroads like Brooklyn and Farmington. Revealing the dangers fugitives faced, the author also identifies the high-minded lawbreakers who operated the system—farmers and merchants, local officials and judges, at least one United States Senator, and many dedicated ministers of the Gospel. These narratives are set against the larger background of the development of slavery and abolitionism in America— conversations still relevant today.
Ben Runner Jr. provided some of the images and assisted with scanning slides.
Ben and I co-authored a previous Arcadia title, Bowling Green, in the Then &
Now series. L&N experts Dennis Mize, Steven Johnson, and Lee Yoder provided
Author: Kevin Comer
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
At the midpoint of the 19th century, people and goods moved by river or muddy roads, which made traveling difficult; a stagecoach trip from Louisville to Nashville took 36 hours. Railroads were coming into prominence at the time, and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was chartered in 1850. It was completed between the namesake cities in 1859, overcoming many obstacles such as Muldraugh's Hill, Green River, and Tennessee Ridge. The line became a pawn during the Civil War, used by both Union and Confederate forces, and endured heavy damages to survive and prosper. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad would grow into one of America's great success stories, expanding to nearly 7,000 miles of track throughout the Southeast. This volume covers the L&N Main Line in southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee, the Memphis Line, the Mammoth Cave Railroad, the Glasgow Railway, the Portage Railroad, and a branch to Scottsville.
In some respects, more is better, but I have never been a great devotee of “
annotated” bibliographies that provide scant information on the content of the
material listed. I am writing for readers who share my interest in knowing enough
Author: Grant Burns
Nothing better represented the early spirit of American expansion than the railroad. Dominant in daily life as well as in the popular imagination, the railroad appealed strongly to creative writers. For many years, fiction of railroad life and travel was plentiful and varied. As the nineteenth century receded, the railroad's allure faded, as did railroad fiction. Today, it is hard to sense what the railroad once meant to Americans. The fiction of the railroad—often by railroaders themselves—recaptures that sense, and provides valuable insights on American cultural history. This extensively annotated bibliography lists and discusses in 956 entries novels and short stories from the 1840s to the present in which the railroad is important. Each entry includes plot and character description to help the reader make an informed decision on the source's merit. A detailed introduction discusses the history of railroad fiction and highlights common themes such as strikes, hoboes, and the roles of women and African-Americans. Such writers of “pure” railroad fiction as Harry Bedwell, Frank Packard, and Cy Warman are well represented, along with such literary artists as Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Flannery O’Connor, and Ellen Glasgow. Work by minority writers, including Jean Toomer, Richard Wright, Frank Chin, and Toni Morrison, also receives close attention. An appendix organizes entries by decade of publication, and the work is indexed by subject and title.
While not the first railroad in the United States, it was the first to offer regular
passenger and freight service. Dating to the beginning of ... Several of these
structures still exist, and some continue to carry CSX trains. Structures like the
Ellicott City ...
Author: David Shackelford
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Incorporated in 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) was one of America’s first railroads, and Maryland was its heart and soul. The B&O’s creation was a tangible symbol of the Industrial Revolution, representing commerce and progress to towns along its route. Its headquarters and operations, centered in Baltimore, provided years of economic growth for the port city. This book contains images of well-known stations in Maryland, including Ellicott City Station, Gaithersburg Station, Camden Station, and the Mount Clare Shops—a self-contained industrial city, now home to the B&O Railroad Museum. Some stations still exist and are home to small museums or restaurants; others no longer stand, but images of them will remind even the casual historian of a time when railroads were a part of everyday life in America. Take a step back in time and revisit the sites, stations, and trains of the B&O that were once part of everyday life in Maryland and remember the glory of a bygone era.
The process was no less contentious emerging beyond the mountains , and farm
products from than Indiana ' s experience , but the stakes were larger and the
Ohio Valley were certain to fuel a rising tide of export the challenges more ...
Author: William J. Watt
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Photographs, advertising and promotional materials, and detailed maps resurrect its speedy passenger trains and heavy-tonnage freights, and show how it earned its slogan: "The Standard Railroad of the World.""--BOOK JACKET.
Upon its 1915 completion, the Clarks Summit–Hallstead Cutoff reduced grades
and tight curvature over some 39 miles, reducing total track length by over 3.5
miles. This section of upgraded right-of-way also featured two impressive bridges
Author: David Crosby
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, better known as the Lackawanna Railroad, was organized in 1851 and thrived on the anthracite coal traffic originating from the area surrounding Scranton, Pennsylvania. The company came to operate a network of track between Hoboken, New Jersey, and Buffalo, New York, before becoming part of the Erie Lackawanna Railway in 1960. During the first decade of the 1900s, the railroad underwent a substantial modernization and improvement project, which was documented extensively by company-hired photographers. A century later, these images provide a fascinating insight into the everyday workings of a railroad and its interaction with the communities along its route. Nearly all of the railroad territory covered by this book remains in operation today.
In Railroadin ' Some , Thomas supplies his itinerary , which includes Texas towns
like Rockwall , Greenville ( with its infamous sign , “ Land of the Blackest Earth
and the Whitest People " ) , Denison , Grand Saline , Silver Lake , Mineola , Tyler
Author: Dave Oliphant
Publisher: University of Texas Press
In Texan Jazz, Dave Oliphant reclaims musicians for Texas and explores the vibrant musical culture that brought them forth.
The Railroad in American Folksong Norm Cohen David Cohen. Appendix II :
Recommended Albums of Railroad Songs While there have been several
thousand recordings of railroad songs available at one time or another , the
number of ...
Author: Norm Cohen
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Impeccable scholarship and lavish illustration mark this landmark study of American railroad folksong. Norm Cohen provides a sweeping discussion of the human aspects of railroad history, railroad folklore, and the evolution of the American folksong. The heart of the book is a detailed analysis of eighty-five songs, from "John Henry" and "The Wabash Cannonball" to "Hell-Bound Train" and "Casey Jones," with their music, sources, history, and variations, and discographies. A substantial new introduction updates this edition.
two broad assumptions: first, that the battalion would be called on to operate an
established railroad in some theater of operation that would employ every sort of
temporary and makeshift facility; and second, that the greatest possible ...
Author: C. Pat Cates
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Following on the heels of Images of Rail: The Southern Railway, this volume takes a more detailed look at a historic railroad that has served the South for over 100 years and continues to serve as the Norfolk Southern Railway. Included in these pages are stories of bravery in war and ingenuity in peace. From 1942 to 1945, the 727th Railway Operating Battalion—sponsored by the Southern Railway—served in North Africa and up the spine of Italy into Germany. The courageous unit received a citation from Gen. George S. Patton for its involvement in the Sicily Campaign.
From the onset, Grierson's column was in danger of attack from 2,000 men of
Confederate general Ruggles's command, who were astride and guarding the
Mobile and Ohio Railroad, in some cases only twelve miles to the east. Grierson
Author: Robert W. Black
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Covers raids from J. E. B. Stuart's 1862 ride around McClellan's army to James Wilson's crashing raids in Alabama and Georgia in 1865.
79 “ Railroadin ' Some , ” which is Thomas ' s hobo masterpiece , is a litany of the
cities and towns along the T & P line and along the Katy ( the Missouri - Kansas -
Texas railroad ) , a path through East Texas , and another through Oklahoma ...
Author: Paul Garon
Publisher: Charles H Kerr Publishing Company
Another wonderful slice of history, political, cultural, and social history. Better yet, it comes 'illustrated' with a CD, with 25 original recordings. Plus, of course, the work is full of the lyrics, art, and photographs of people, and their times. "The music and poetry of black workers in motion - hoboing, hitchhiking, timbering, mining, railroading, loving, leaving, fighting back and searcing for a new job, a new life and even a new world are brilliantly recorded and explained in this arresting collection." [David Roediger] "Paul Garon has produced yet another masterpiece of cultural history. The stories and songs he gathers together in this remarkable book disrupt common notions of what we mean by 'freedom' when it comes to black folk. Hoboes represented a significant segment of the black working class, and their constant movements were both evidence of constraints and acts of freedom. And as he so eloquently demonstrates, the men and women who took to the road and their bards have much to teach us about America's 'bottom rail.'" [Robin D G Kelley]