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April 14, 2014 8:17 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

102 years ago today, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Here’s Leadbelly’s song about the disaster, and especially Jack Johnson’s reaction.

UPDATE: I first heard this song performed by Michelle Shocked and her father on Austin City Limits in 1990. Had no idea until now that it was originally written and performed by Leadbelly.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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