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From St. Louis to New York to Paris, audiences became fans of Josephine Baker and her energy-filled performances.  With her classic beauty, exotic banana and feather outfits, bold dances, and repertoire of jazz tunes, Josephine Baker became a true international entertainer. Download these titles about Josephine Baker from our digital collections.

The Many Faces of Josephine Baker by Peggy Caravantes

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A complete biographical look at the complex life of a world-famous entertainer. With determination and audacity, Josephine Baker turned her comic and musical abilities into becoming a worldwide icon of the Jazz Age. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker, dancer, singer, activist, spy, provides the first in-depth portrait of this remarkable woman for young adults. Author Peggy Caravantes follows Baker's life from her childhood in the depths of poverty to her comedic rise in vaudeville and fame in Europe. This lively biography covers her outspoken participation in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, espionage work for the French Resistance during World War II, and adoption of 12 children, her rainbow tribe. Also included are informative sidebars on relevant topics such as the 1917 East St. Louis riot, Pullman railway porters, the Charleston, and more. The lush photographs, appendix updating readers on the lives of the rainbow tribe, source notes, and bibliography make this is a must-have resource for any student, Baker fan, or history buff.

When Paris Sizzled by Mary McAuliffe PhD

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When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Années folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them—one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary McAuliffe traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior.

Golden Hits, Vol. I - Josephine Baker

Golden Hits, Vol. I  Josephine Baker

Golden Voices - Josephine Baker

Golden Voices - Josephine Baker

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