Ol’ Man River
by Paul Robeson
Read a great, thorough biography of this American hero, and see what his admirers are up to these days.
This is a fascinating article about Robeson’s legacy 100 years after his birth, which highlights the ways that Cold War politics put an almost full stop on Robeson’s reputation. In 1998, there was a massive effort to bring back his memory, which seems to have had some effect today.
This little radio piece commemorates the 75th anniversary of “Ol’ Man River” and highlights Robeson’s association with the song.
This background page on Show Boat gives a brief synopsis, plus some context and background on the show’s importance in the context of American musical theater.