A Little Girl’s Legacy for a Nation

[imgbelt img=Ora+Dell+Graham+web.jpg]An extraordinary set of Library of Congress field recordings from the 1930s and ‘40s captured the depth and breadth of American folk music. Folklorist and musician Stephen Wade revisits the South to tell 13 stories of the artists who helped define American identity while remaining virtually anonymous themselves.


EDITOR’S NOTE: In this excerpt from Stephen Wade’s book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, the author profiles Ora Dell Graham, a little girl from Drew, Mississippi, who performed three playground songs for folklorist John A. Lomax in 1940.