The United States vs. Billie Holiday—The Government’s Crusade Against Billie Holiday and ‘Strange Fruit’

Ira Slavit’s article “The United States vs. Billie Holiday—The Government’s Crusade Against Billie Holiday and ‘Strange Fruit’” was published in the July/August 2021 issue of Nassau Lawyer. In the article, Mr. Slavit examines the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s harassment of jazz singer Billie Holiday and its efforts to stop her from singing the controversial song “Strange Fruit.” The song described the Black lynching victims hanging from a tree. The FBI also knew Ms. Holiday was a heroin addict and would the strict anti-drug laws at the time to have her incarcerated.

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