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Jim Crow's Counterculture: The Blues and Black Southerners, 1890-1945

Jim Crow's Counterculture: The Blues and Black Southerners, 1890-1945

Jim Crow's Counterculture: The Blues and Black Southerners, 1890-1945

By R.A. Lawson
Louisiana State University Press
275 pages
$45

“In the late nineteenth century, 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 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. These individuals, Lawson shows, collectively demonstrate the African American struggle during the early twentieth century.”

–From the Publisher

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