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Blues in America


Here are the sounds, sights and story of the Blues ready for hands-on use in your classroom. A special cassette features 11 Blues audio-documents, while the Broadsheets and historical documents provide the story and actual sights of this era. Hear ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins, then hold and read his letter. Bring the colorful sounds, personalities and history of the Blues right into to your social studies, music and literature classes. Historian: Michelle K. Smith, Smithsonian Institution. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • What Is the Blues? An Overview
  • Folk Blues from the Rural South
  • Blues Moves to the City . . .Women Spread the News
  • Modern Blues: 1940s to 1990s
Historical Documents
  • Nightlife in Newark, 1915 newspaper account.
  • Music & Work in Mississippi, interview Othar Turner
  • Music & Social Life in Piedmont, interview Etta Baker.
  • The Saint Louis Blues, W. C. Handy sheet music, 1914.
  • Stage-Music-Movies, Chicago newspaper article, 1929.
  • Race record advertisements, 1920s.
  • Spirituals to Swing, article and advertisement, 1938.
  • Street Musicians, painting by William H. Johnson, c. 1940.
  • Review of Memphis Minnie performance, Chicago, 1943.
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins letter to wife Antoinette, 1967.
  • Collection of Blues lyrics/poetry with photos.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

Price: $69.50



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