The Death of Bessie Smith

Bessie was a well respected musician in the 1930’s. On September 26 1936, Bessie met her untimely demise. Headed to a show Bessie was involved in a car crash that ended up being the end of her life. The other driver being white was immediately rushed to the hospital as was Bessie but due to her race was turned away from the hospital. The 1930’s were years the black people suffered intense discrimination even after the end of slavery. Bessie’s music at the time  related and connected to white and black people. But even she was unable to escape from the hardships that discrimination posed. Bessie’s story is e representation of the world during the 30’s and how it effected every race regardless of status.

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