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The Blues: The Sound of Rural Poverty

How do the Country Blues reflect the challenges of sharecropping, racial injustice, and rural poverty in early 20th-century African-American life?

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The Blues and the Great Migration

How did the Great Migration spread Southern culture, helping to give the Blues a central place in American popular music?

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Chuck Berry

Why is Chuck Berry often considered the most important of the early Rock and Rollers?

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The Impact of the Electric Guitar

How did the electrification, amplification and design of the guitar facilitate its emergence as a dominant instrument of popular music?

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Muddy Waters, the New Kid in Town

How did Muddy Waters’ music change after he moved to Chicago, and what does that say about the relationship between place and self-expression?