Essay on blues

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     Blues music originated in the cotton fields of the southern United States where the majority of the slave hands were put to work. “The earliest folk-blues were sung by nameless African-Americans living and working in the South’s cotton belt in the early 1880’s and 1890’s- in particular, the region from the Mississippi Delta to East Texas”(Barlow 3). It was believed that this began as a call and response style, which matured into the work song. From that standpoint, after the release of the slaves, the work song then matured into their Spirituals, and later was introduced to the whites through black-faced Minstrel of Medicine shows (How the Blues Overview). As the music matured and became more renowned, its …show more content…
This simply proves that, however attempting to slow the eventual rise of black artists, they were in fact hastening the inevitable. "Nothing did more than the cover phenomenon to facilitate a mass market for r&b and extend the opportunities for black artists…”(Ward 44). These covers simply expedited the process of the mass exposure of the public, and this quickly developed a curious fondness for Blues and its African culture. Eventually, it did not matter who was singing, as long as it was performed well. This Blues phenomenon created a neutral ground for both blacks and whites to share and, henceforth, improve their relationship. Although the black slaves had long been freed, notably there remained in the southern United States an excessive number of restrictions on the black population. These were the infamous “Jim Crow” laws. However, when the blacks and whites got together at dances, these seemed to begin to falter and then disappear. The dances would begin with the officials stringing a rope dividing the dance floor in half to keep the races from mingling. "As the evening wore on, the music was able to swallow up the Jim Crow laws ... [and] it was always the whites who instigated the crossover because a black man doing so risked being lynched"(How the Blues Covers & Dances). Another beautiful display of this liberalism was when

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