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The Color of Our ShameRace and Justice in Our Time$
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Christopher J. Lebron

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936342.001.0001

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The Color of Our Shame

Christopher J. Lebron

Oxford University Press

IN 1939, JAZZ vocalist Billie Holiday was compelled to musically document the peculiar and cruel treatment blacks continued to suffer more than fifty years after emancipation from slavery. The first verse of her beautifully eerie performance is thus:Southern trees bear strange fruit,...

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