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Billie Holiday

The Great Depression caused it to be hard to get a job or become successful because they limited the amount of workers and the amount each person or business could have but one person proved it that it was possible to become successful. Billie Holiday was a young girl with no future but she grew up to be so much more. In her life she went through many triumphs that led to many glories, in this paper you will learn about all of those.
Billie was born on April 7, 1915 with the name Eleanor Fagan. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sadie, her mother, was only a 19 when she had Billie with a man who is thought to be known as Clarence Holiday, a successful jazz musician. Her father ...

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mother could take care of her again.
Billie started to skip school and get into trouble, shortly after the divorce. Billie and her mother went to court for her truancy, where Billy was sent to the House of Good Shepherd. This house was a facility for troubled African- American women; since Billie was only 9 years old she was one of the few youngest girls there. She was sent there in January and was sent home in August (of the same year). In 1926 Billie was sexually assaulted and was sent back to the home again and the man that attacked her was sent to prison. Billie left at the age of 13 to go to New York to visit her mother, on her way to visit she decided to stop and get off in Pennsylvania Station and visit Harlem first. She ended up getting lost; a social worker found her and took her to a hotel where she lived. This certain hotel turned out to be the YWCA. This is where she became a prostitute, and also began singing in local clubs and bars (this is where she renamed ...

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Added: 4/17/2011 03:54:59 PM
Submitted By: cheer2010east
Category: Biographies
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