Bessie Smith

Sara Dreischer

Source 1:

Source title: Bessie Smith


MLA Format for source: Author- Jazz is timeless records / Article title- Bessie Smith /


Website name- Red hot jazz


Author of document : Jazz is timeless records


Date of document : no date shown


Important facts : - That she lived from 1895-1937

- She became a singer for blues music

- She was one of seven children in her family


Inferences I can make from document : - That she had a nice personality and always dreamed of being a singer


This source is a PRIMARY SOURCE


Bias point of view : - They may just be saying that they knew her to make people believe their article is true.


Annotated bibliography notes : This article helped me to understand how she acted, her personality.

Source 2

Source title : Blues singer, Bessie Smith


MLA format for source : Article title - blues singer bessie smith

- Author - A&E television networks

- Website name - Blues


Date of document : 2016

Author : A&E television networks


Important facts : - She died on October 4th, 1937

- more than 7000 people attended her funeral

- she got in an accident in Memphis, Tennessee


Inferences I can make from the document : - that she made a great impact in the blues singing


This is a PRIMARY SOURCE


Bias in point of view : They interview people that knew her and they may be lying.


Annotated bibliography notes: It helped me understand how she passed away and how she left a legacy on the blues singing

Source 3

Source title : Bessie smith


MLA format for source : Article title - bessie smith

-Author - oxford university press

- website name - jazz biographies


Date of document : no date is shown

Author of document : oxford university press


Important facts : - bessie smith began her professional career in 1912 by singing in the same show as Ma Rainey

- by the 1920's she was a leading actress in black shows on the TOBA circuit and at the 81 theater in Atlanta

- During this period she was also toured throughout the whole united states


Inferences I can make from the document : - that she became famous quickly

- she died a tradgety and was very well known


This is a SECONDARY SOURCE


Bias point of view : he/she didn't know her personally so they really don't know what happened


Annotated bibliography notes : This source helped me understand that she was a famous singer and she died from a car accident

Source 4

Source title : bessie smith biography


MLA format for source : Article title - bessie smith biography

- Author - biography.com editors

- website name - the biography. com website


Date of document : 2016

Author of document : biography.com editors


Important facts : - she was born on April 15th, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee

- she is one of seven children

- settled in Pennsylvania, and in 1923 she met and married a man named Jack Gee

- on September 26th, 1937, on her way to Memphis when her friend, Richard Morgan, crashed their truck and she died, she was 43 years old


Inferences I can make from the document : - that she was a very talented singer

- had a tough life as a child

- she made a great impact on blued music


This is a SECONDARY SOURCE


Bias point of view : the author didn't know her so the info here may be incorrect


Annotated bibliography notes : I found out that she had 6 siblings and she was born on April 15th, 1894. she quickly became famous in blues singing

Source 5

Source title : bessie smith american singer


MLA format for source : Article title - bessie smith american singer

- Author - the editors of encyclopedia britannica

- website name - britannica.com


Date of source : 2016

Author of document : the editors of encyclopedia britannica


Important facts : - she grew up in poverty and obscurity

- in February, 1923, she made her first recordings

- she made 160 recordings in all


Inferences I can make from the document : - she had a tough life as a child

- she made a great impact on blues music


This is a SECONDARY SOURCE


bias point of view : the author wasn't actually alive during the time period of events so he/she doesn't know what really happened


Annotated bibliography notes : she lived a short life and didn't enjoy her childhood