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Voices of Black America: Historical Recordings of Poetry, Humor and Drama, 1908-1947 written by Washington

 

Voices of Black America: Historical Recordings of Poetry, Humor and Drama, 1908-1947 written by Washington

Synopsis:

This unique collection, compiled especially for Naxos Audiobooks, features original recordings from 1908–1946 of Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Exposition Address, the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes, the rarely heard humour of Charley Case, readings from God’s Trombones by James Weldon Johnson, and much much more.

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Unique in what it offers, Voices of Black America allows listeners to hear the actual voices of such luminaries as Booker T. Washington, Langston Hughes, and Paul Robeson. They are joined by lesser-known personalities such as Bert Williams and Charley Case who are among the public figures from the first half of the 20th century. In all, there are nine men from various walks of life presented. Unfortunately, no women are included, and, with the exception of Hughes giving the name of his poems, no one is introduced. Sound quality is variable because some segments include the sounds of earlier recording devices. The producers have not taken advantage of the rich music of the time to clarify breaks between performers. The lengthy liner notes include a picture and biographical information on each person as well as the location of each selection and its place on the CD. That will enable teachers to have easy access to Hughes reading "I Too Sing America" or Robeson as Othello. This supplemental recording will be useful in high school libraries where U.S. history and American literature are studied.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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