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...Billie Holiday. New York: First Vintage Books, 1998. Davis, Francis. The History of the Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 1995. Scott, Michelle R. Blues Empress in Black Chattanooga: Bessie Smith and the emerging urban South. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2008.... Blues: Bessie Smith and the role of women in the Blues. From the beginning, the Blues was a genre associated with African American working culture, and within that culture social relations between men and women took a different turn than in the majority white American society. A key feature of the early Blues period in the 1920s and 1930s was the rise of a number of strong female artists, not...