New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927. Margaret Thorniley Williamson. First Edition. Cloth Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Good / Good. Item #016675
171p. The author researched the songs that the American soldiers sang in World War I. He noticed most of the white soldiers relied on what came from Tin Pan Alley but the black soldiers (he uses the older term Negro) were creative and honest ranging from words about spirituals to crap shooting to death. Not only did it expose the writer to the big city blues but the authentic blues of the Mississippi delta. W.H. Handy was one of the figures he consulted. Although the black soldier was often delegated to digging ditches, latrines, helping trucks move, there are cases of those who were sharpshooters and one who manned a machine gun. Upper front corner bumped. Faint price stamping on upper and lower fore-edges.