Frankie and Johnny: Race, Gender, and the Work of African American Folklore in 1930s America

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Authors

Stacy I. Morgan

Year 2017
Pages 272
Publisher University of Texas Press
Language en
ISBN 9781477312087
File Size 19.25 MB
File Format PDF
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Originating in a homicide in St. Louis in 1899, the ballad of "Frankie and Johnny" became one of America's most familiar songs during the first half of the twentieth century. It crossed lines of race, class, and artistic genres, taking form in such varied expressions as a folk song performed by Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly); a ballet choreographed by Ruth Page and Bentley Stone under New Deal sponsorship; a mural in the Missouri State Capitol by Thomas Hart Benton; a play by John Huston; a motion picture, She Done Him Wrong, that made Mae West a national celebrity; and an anti-lynching poem by Sterling Brown.