Huddie Ledbetter, the Lomaxes, and Negro Folk Songs As Sung by Lead Belly Public Deposited

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  • Kadel, Magdalen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music, Musicology Graduate Program
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  • Negro Folk Songs As Sung by Lead Belly is a multi-author work, the result of a collaboration between Alan Lomax, John A. Lomax, Huddie Ledbetter, and George Herzog. Each man had a distinct combination of privilege and disprivilege, and, as a result, his own effect on Ledbetter’s representation within Negro Folk Songs. The representation of Ledbetter in Negro Folk Songs aligns strongly with pre-existing cultural stereotypes about African American men. Based on extensive research of the working papers to Negro Folk Songs at the Library of Congress, in this thesis I argue that the Lomaxes shift Ledbetter’s representation from his initial interviews through erasure, addition, censorship, and framing, and that Ledbetter resists this representation by Signifyin(g).
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  • Bohlman, Andrea
  • Ndaliko, Chérie
  • Neal, Jocelyn
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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