May 28, 2015

A Great War Story

This video has nothing to do with Leadbelly so let us figure how he connects to the Great War. Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany in April 1917 and the war continued through November11th, 1918. Most of the American troops got "Over There" in 1918 and the active, "shooting" war, for Americans, took place in the Fall of 1918, the last three or four months before Armistice Day. Leadbelly had written a somg about the Titanic (1912) and he later wrote songs about the Second World War, (Hitler song) but I have no knowledge of Great War songs. During the American engagement in the GreatWar, however, Huddie was much involved with his own problems, which included being sentenced to prison in Texas for 30 to 35 years. Apparently he didn't even have his own name.

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