The blues tell a story about the difficulties and

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helped evolve the music genre Blues. The Blues tell a story about the difficulties and struggle in  the African American Life.   Gospel music expresses Christianity principles and beliefs, doesn't  generally express a specific peoples grief.   Levine says, "Gospel songs are the songs of hope"  (Levine 174).   Gospel songs to also explain how they are feeling, but in a different way. The  similarities are they sung because of the hardship of slavery. They were both created because of  slavery.   The growing amount of secular music was due to African Americans becoming immersed into White culture and navigating through it. Their work songs showed distain for their employers  and a heartache for a better life. Then emerged Blues, which spoke of how African Americans  truly felt in post slavery days. This could be confusing because they are both types of music that  the African American culture sung to express their feelings but Spiritual and Gospels both have  deeper meaning to their songs. This is why we can confuse spiritual and gospel. 4. Bad man hero, the hard man who resists most of the conventional values of society, killing and  stealing at will, with no remorse. Legends of those who thumbed their noses at whites and 
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retained values outside of mainstream culture served to inspire hope for resistance and change  among slaves . John  
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  • Fall '10
  • HOBSON
  • Charles Lindbergh, Nazi concentration camps, positive relationships, peoples grief. Levine, Bad man hero

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