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Library Colloquia Series -- Sharecropper's Troubador

Library Colloquia

Sharecropper’s Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, and the African American Song Tradition – A Performance Presentation

Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 12:15 pm
Location: MSU Main Library North Conference Room (W449)

An Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives brownbag.

Michael Honey (Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities, University of Washington – Tacoma)

Folk singer and labor organizer John Handcox was born in 1904 in the Arkansas delta of King Cotton amidst segregation and sharecropping, but went on to become one of the most beloved folk singers of the prewar labor movement. This beautifully told oral history gives us Handcox in his own words, recounting a journey that began in the Deep South and went on to shape the labor music tradition.

Cosponsored by the MSU African American and African Studies Centers

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