A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song

@inproceedings{Melnick1999ART,
  title={A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song},
  author={Jeffrey Paul Melnick},
  year={1999}
}
Introduction: The Languages of Black-Jewish Relations "Yiddle on Your Fiddle": The Culture of Black-Jewish Relations "I Used to Be Color Blind": The Racialness of Jewish Men "Swanee Ripples": From Blackface to White Negro "Lift Ev'ry Voice": African American Music and the Nation "Melancholy Blues": Making Jews Sacred in African American Music Epilogue: The Lasting Power of "Black-Jewish Relations" Notes Index 
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