Which is why it is called the blues feeling blue or

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Unformatted text preview: ed by a depressed or melancholy mood – Which is why it is called the blues – Feeling blue or feeling sad • Reflected the new status of African Americans as newly freed slaves Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Great Migration • In the 1920’s there was a massive movement of people to the north • African Americans were in search of a better life – Major population increase in cities, such as Chicago Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Blues in Chicago • Due to the Great Migration, blues were brought to Chicago for the first time in the 1920’s • This style of music peaked in the 20’s • Chicago became a center for black entertainment • Immediately successful in Chicago • Due to prohibition, the ‘speakeasy’ helped whites hear Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Significance • Had a major influence in 20th century music • Jazz, soul, zydeco and rock and roll were all influenced by blues music Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Ma Rainey and the Blues • Began her career you...
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course ENGLISH 131 taught by Professor Peggyo'brien during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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