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HIST 273

Roots of American Popular Music

An examination of the roots of American popular music from the mid-18th century to the mid-1960s. Topics include it British and African origins and development in the South; expressions in ballads, hymns, spirituals, blues, work songs, protest songs, and regional music; and how technology changed vernacular music to create new genres of popular music, including minstrelsy, gospel, urban blues, country, and rock 'n roll.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course