• Marilyn Vogt-Downey

    I am reading In Search of Buddy Bolden. My concern is that the author has too much of an “all things being equal” approach to the tragic “demise” of Bolden. We are examining an event in the Jim Crow south. Bolden was Black. First, how could this impact him and his feelings? Second, what could have happened in March 1906 that made him ill and suddenly insane? What?? One doesn’t just go nuts like that?? No, it wasn’t voodoo but something happened to him. What could it have been? And the horrors of the mental hospital for him all alone there?? Why is so much is left unanalyzed, unsaid?