Huddie William Ledbetter, a.k.a. Leadbelly, was born on this day in 1888. Here he is with “Good Mornin’ Blues.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.