Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Lieberman, Robbie


AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF Remy Corbet for the Masters in History degree in American History, presented on August 3, 2011, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: A SOUND FOR RECOGNITION: BLUES MUSIC AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Robbie Lieberman Blues music is a reflection of all the changes that shaped the African American experience. It is an affirmation of the African American identity, looking forward to the future with one eye glancing at the past. It is a reminder of the tragedies and inequalities that accompanied African Americans from slavery to official freedom, then from freedom to equality. It is the witness of the development of African Americans, and of their acculturation to the individual voice, symbol of the American ethos, which made the link between their African past and their American future.




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