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100 1 Brown, Cecil,|d1943-|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/
245 10 Stagolee shot Billy /|cCecil Brown.
264 1 Cambridge, Mass. :|bHarvard University Press,|c2003.
300 viii, 296 pages ;|c22 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references and index.
505 00 |tIntroduction: The Tradition of Stagolee|g1 --|gI.
|tStagolee and St. Louis --|g1.|tStagolee Shot Billy|g21 -
-|g2.|tLee Shelton: The Man behind the Myth|g37 --|g3.
|tThat Bad Pimp of Old St. Louis: The Oral Poetry of the
Late 1890s|g48 --|g4.|t"Poor Billy Lyons"|g59 --|g5.
|tNarrative Events and Narrated Events|g70 --|g6.
|tStagolee and Politics|g79 --|g7.|tUnder the Lid: The
Underside of the Political Struggle|g84 --|g8.|tBlack
Social Clubs|g93 --|g9.|tHats and Nicknames: Symbolic
Values|g98 --|g10.|tRagtime and Stagolee|g105 --|g11.
|tBlues and Stagolee|g110 --|gII.|tThousand Faces of
Stagolee --|g12.|tJim Crow and Oral Narrative|g119 --|g13.
|tRiverboat Rouster and Mean Mate|g122 --|g14.|tWork Camps,
Hoboes, and Shack Bully Hollers|g127 --|g15.|tWilliam
Marion Reedy's White Outlaw|g129 --|g16.|tCowboy Stagolee
and Hillbilly Blues|g134 --|g17.|tBlueswomen: Stagolee Did
Them Wrong|g144 --|g18.|tBluesmen and Black Bad Man|g148 -
-|g19.|tOn the Trail of Sinful Stagolee|g157 --|g20.
|tStagolee in a World Full of Trouble|g163 --|g21.|tFrom
Rhythm and Blues to Rock and Roll: "I Heard My Bulldog
Bark"|g172 --|g22.|tToast: Bad Black Hero of the Black
Revolution|g177 --|g23.|tFolklore/Poplore: Bob Dylan's
Stagolee|g184 --|gIII.|tMammy-Made: Stagolee and American
Identity --|g24.|t"Bad Nigger" Trope in American
Literature|g193 --|g25.|tJames Baldwin's "Staggerlee
Wonders"|g206 --|g26.|tStagolee as Cultural and Political
Hero|g212 --|g27.|tStagolee and Modernism|g217.
520 This Story was Never Meant to be sandwiched between the
covers of a book, as neat lines of prose. In 1895 a man
called "Stag" Lee Shelton shot a man called Billy Lyons in
a St. Louis bar. A black-on-black crime that scarcely made
headlines. But this story, turned into a song, is one that
black Americans have never tired of repeating and
reliving. This tale of dignity and death, violence and sex,
has been given countless forms by artists ranging from Ma
Rainey to the Clash. Billy died because he touched another
man's five-dollar Stetson. Or was it because he cheated at
a card game? Or was it because the antagonists straddled
the great American fault line of race at the time the
earth was shifting -- at the time a strange, almost
conspiratorial political war was raging in St. Louis
between traditional black Republicans and a renegade
faction aligned with the traditionally racist Democratic
party? A small portion of this story has been told again
and again, generation after generation, but few, till now,
have known what the whole story was. Novelist and scholar
Cecil Brown explores this legend from what was in those
days the second city of America, gateway between East and
West and North and South: St. Louis. Though bits of actual
history have been associated with the song, the true story
-- told in its entirety for the first time in this book --
is more complex, more deeply rooted, than anything anyone
would ever dare to invent. It tells of the first
generation of free black men, crushed by a Genteel America
that was both black and white. It tells of the wild place
this country was in the nineteenth century -- so wild that
the inhabitants of the twentieth century could take it
only in small doses and needed to forget. Now it can be
told in full.
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650 0 African Americans|vSongs and music|0http://id.loc.gov/
authorities/subjects/sh2011002554|xHistory and criticism.
650 0 Ballads, English|zUnited States|xHistory and criticism.
650 0 Literature and folklore|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/
650 0 African American criminals|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/
650 0 African American men in literature.|0http://id.loc.gov/
650 0 African American men|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/
650 0 African Americans|vFolklore.|0http://id.loc.gov/
651 0 Saint Louis (Mo.)|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/
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