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Oral History and Origins of the Blues

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Blues songs should become a major resource as we study African American history.  See this neglected art form as oral history put to song increases our appreciation for it.  From the Blues, we can gain great insights about the history of our ancestors in these rural areas.

Blues songs help to supplement the missing oral history and highlight similar experiences of our own ancestors who lived in the same places.  Sheba, the Mississippi Queen, escaped with her mother and siblings from Sunflower Mississippi in 1965.  She grew up singing the Blues in the cotton fields, and she went on to become a professional Blues Singer. See "Butter on My Roll."

Guest, Professor Rob Moore of Miami-Dade College, will also share his love of the Blues and its history with us.  He has an impressive profile here:  Robert "Wild Boar" Moore and Rob Moore, Blues Guitarist.

Join Host, Robin Foster, and Over Troubled Water Contributor, Sheba, the Mississippi Queen of Blues, discuss Oral History and the History of The Blues.

See: Slavery, Sharecropping, and Oppression Gave Birth to The Blues