1. This video, The Last Legal Slave in America, with a current running time of 45 minutes, documents the life and times of one of the most amazing musical prodigies ever known. Born blind into the horrific institution of slavery, this extraordinary talented human being, considered by many to be one of the most successful entertainers in America, consistently performing for sold out houses, at his peak earning in the neighborhood of a hundred thousand dollars per year, possibly autistic, and billed as “a human mocking bird”—able to memorize the most difficult musical compositions upon one hearing, Blind Tom has all but been forgotten by history books as well as the general public.

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