Brief Summary:
The oral tradition songs (i.e., work songs and field hollers) of African-American slaves had extensive call and response, African poetic devices (i.e., AAB form), and African vocal inflections (moans, cries, note bending) were found in their normal, daily activities. These influences can be found in the various blues traditions heard today: country blues, city blues and urban blues.

Specific Topic Categories:
African Roots; African Instruments; Early 1900s; The Early Blues; 1930s+

Curriculum Objectives: Music History; Pedagogy
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