Bessie Smith & the Night Riders
Author: Sue Stauffacher
For Early Years/KS1
Price 12.99 hardback
Book(s) at 12.99 hardback
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Bessie Smith & the Night Riders This picture book presents a fictionalised version of an incident in 1927 when Bessie Smith faced down members of the Ku Klux Klan who were intending to disrupt her show in the city of Concord. A young fan, Emmarene, witnesses an extraordinary confrontation between her heroine and the 'Night Riders' - who quail before her regal contempt. The bold illustrations reinforce the theatricality of the story, and an author's afterword explains the background to the event.