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Becoming the Folk

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter deconstructs Cajuns’, and Cajun music’s, folk categorization. It analyzes three separate interpretations of folk culture as espoused by influential public intellectuals. Alan and John ... More


Adventures of a Ballad Hunter: John Lomax and the Pursuit of Black Folk Culture

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter looks at folk song collector John Lomax, who served as the FWP’s first folklore editor and directed the Ex-Slave Project. A master of self-promotion, Lomax popularized the image of white ... More


Out of the Mouths of Slaves: The Ex-Slave Project and the “Negro Question”

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter relates how the Federal Writers’ Project decided to conduct and collect interviews with ex-slaves. It closely examines federal and state directors’ administrative correspondence ... More


American Balladry and the Anxiety of Ancestry

Erich Nunn

in Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032882
eISBN:
9781617032899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the work of one of the most famous authorities on American folk music, John Lomax, and in the particular case study of Bradley Kincaid’s telling and retelling of the ... More


Heart of the Depression

Ronald D. Cohen

in Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628813
eISBN:
9781469628837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628813.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

As the New Deal quickened in 1935, the federal government increasingly emphasized job creation along with the promotion of the arts through the Works Progress Administration. Alan and John Lomax at ... More


Jerry’s Saloon Blues: 1940 Field Recordings from Louisiana

Paul Oliver

in Shreveport Sounds in Black and White

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110416
eISBN:
9781604733037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110416.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter presents an account of a 1940 field recording trip by John and Ruby Lomax. The account, which initially appeared as the liner notes for Flyright Album 206 (1975), focuses on an encounter ... More


The Early Roosevelt Years

Ronald D. Cohen

in Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628813
eISBN:
9781469628837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628813.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

The depression’s early years gave way to an upsurge of confidence and an artistic renaissance. This was bolstered by the coming era of the common man, when vernacular culture, including music, gained ... More


Woody Guthrie Emerges

Ronald D. Cohen

in Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628813
eISBN:
9781469628837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628813.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

Folk music’s exposure, publications, and left-wing ties increased through 1937. The Popular Front, with its focus on the folk arts, melded with the New Deal’s cultural programs. John and Alan Lomax, ... More


I Come for to Sing

Kevin D. Greene

in The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646497
eISBN:
9781469646510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646497.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

From 1930 to 1970, a second folk music revival took hold in the United States and Europe, determined to capture and preserve for posterity US and European vernacular music. Critical to this ... More


Preserving the Folk: Folk Songs and the Irony of Romanticism

Jamil W. Drake

in To Know the Soul of a People: Religion, Race, and the Making of Southern Folk

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780190082680
eISBN:
9780190082727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190082680.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Chapter 5 examines the field recordings of John Lomax in the Fisk University–Library of Congress Coahoma Study in Mississippi in 1941. It shows how Lomax’s use of the folk category contrasted with ... More


Epilogue: Freedom Dreams: The Last Generation

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

The concluding chapter offers a powerful summary of the ex-slaves’ relationship to history and also looks at what happened to the central figures involved with the Federal Writers’ Project, including ... More


Slaves of the Depression

Nina Silber

in This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646541
eISBN:
9781469646565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646541.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The language of slavery reverberated over the course of the Depression, with many Americans describing their working and living conditions in these years as something akin to slavery. Yet the ... More


“The Night Herding Song”: Marc Williams Panachord 25510

Tony Russell

in Rural Rhythm: The Story of Old-Time Country Music in 78 Records

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190091187
eISBN:
9780190091217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190091187.003.0062
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter discusses Marc Williams, “The Night Herding Song”, cowboy songs, radio, John A. Lomax, and country music in the UK


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