Monday, January 16, 2012

Making the Modern South musical

Jim Crow's Counterculture: The Blues and Black Southerners, 1890-1945 (Making the Modern South)

Black musicians in the lower Mississippi Valley, chafing under the social, legal, and economic restrictions of Jim Crow, responded with a new musical form--the blues, in the late nineteenth century. In Jim Crow's Counterculture, R. A. Lawson offers a cultural history of blues musicians in the segregation era, explaining how by both accommodating and resisting Jim Crow life, blues musicians created a counterculture to incubate and nurture ideas of black individuality and citizenship. The African American struggle during the early twentieth century was collectively demonstrated by these individuals, Lawson shows.

R. A. "Stovetop" Lawson, who lives in Franklin, Massachusetts, is associate professor of history at Dean College and visiting associate professor of graduate studies at Trinity College.

Hardcover: 275 pages
Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr (November 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0807136808
ISBN-13: 978-0807136805
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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