Karla Rixon is an undergraduate at the University of Washington, majoring in History. She is particularly interested in the histories of under-studied populations such as sexual and ethnic minorities, and marginalized groups such as women. She plans to graduate in 2011, and does not intend to pursue graduate studies because of her health.
Businesswoman and entertainer Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, known as the Mother of Blues, was the most popular blues singer/ songwriter of the 1920s. She is considered to be the first woman to introduce blues into her performances. As a single woman, she established her own entertainment … Read MoreGertrude “Ma” Rainey (1886-1939)