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Fantastic Piece of Southern Labor Studies: "Somebody Died, Babe"

Monday, August 10, 2020 4:04 PM | Anonymous

Written by Kevin Kehrberg and Jeffrey A. Keith for "The Bitter Southerner, "Somebody Died, Babe: A Musical Cover-Up of Racism, Violence, & Greed" is a multi-media long read on the covered-up history underlying the song "Swannanoa Tunnel." This fantastic piece can be read here.

Article Abstract: "Beneath the popular folk song, 'Swannanoa Tunnel,' and beneath the railroad tracks that run through Western North Carolina, is a story of blood, greed, and obfuscation. As our nation reckons with systematic racial violence, the story of this song points to the unmarked graves of the hundreds of wrongfully convicted Black people who died building the tunnel."

CONTACT Southern Labor Studies Association 

c/o Erik Gellman, SLSA/UNC Liaison

Department of History

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

102 Emerson Drive, CB #3195

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195

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