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University of Illinois Press. The New York Times. Retrieved 3 May Smithsonian Folkways Magazine Spring Retrieved June 2, Retrieved World Socialist Web Site. Retrieved 25 April Retrieved March 5, — via Google Books. Women's e-News. The Criterion Collection. National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 31 October Library of Congress. May 10, Retrieved 24 April August Retrieved May 19, Retrieved 20 April For all that, for a young woman who had left school after the seventh grade, Baltimore was where her education proper began.
In May a Korean War conscientious objector called Mike Seeger, a preternaturally gifted musician two years her senior, was assigned to work at the Mt Wilson Tuberculosis Sanatorium, where her brother Robert was a patient. Putting feelers out, Seeger discovered that Robert played mandolin in a pre-bluegrass country style.
It led to Seeger, Hazel and her brothers Robert and Arnold launching themselves into public performance.
Seeger and Dickens would play together for decades, for example in the Strange Creek Singers. It was the city where she would write many of her most important songs, like "Black Lung" and "Working Girl Blues" "When the Lord made the working girl, He made the blues".
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She eventually died in a hospice there. I had a mind.
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