I added a page called Histories and Theories of Race: A Working Bibliography for those interested in following up on the issues raised in class today.
Remember for Friday we’re interested in what it means to be “within the circle” and FD’s remarks on what WEB DuBois called “sorrow songs”.
In that vein, here’s a really nice clip of Jimi Hendrix playing the blues. Note that the blues and spirituals aren’t necessarily from the same root. Blues was considered “profane” music– that is, music you listened to on Saturday night as opposed to Sunday morning. Yet both of these very different forms of music often take as their subject themes of loss and redemption.