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Books, links, and other useful resources (listed roughly in the order they're mentioned in the video):


Hazzard-Gordon, Katrina.  Jookin’:  The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African American Culture.  Temple UP, 1992.

Freeman, Roland L.  “Don’t Forget the Blues.”  1997.  Obsidian II:  Black Literature in Review 13 (1&2).  Spring/Summer 1998 - Fall/Winter 1998.  63-65.

Reich, Howard.  "A Heated Discussion on 'Race, Gender, and the Blues.'"  Chicago Tribune A&E.  May 20, 2012.

Wilson, August.  “Preface to Three Plays.” 

Gussow, Adam.  “Where is the Love?  Racial Violence, Racial Healing, and Blues Communities.”    Online: http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/southern_cultures/v012/12.4gussow.html

Gussow, Adam.  Journeyman’s Road:  Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner’s Mississippi to Post 9/11 New York.  U of Tennessee Press, 2007.

Gussow, Adam.  Seems Like Murder Here:  Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition.  U of Chicago Press, 2002.

Wilson, August, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.  Plume, 1985

Stuckey, Sterling.  Slave Culture:  Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America.  Oxford UP, 1988.

Salaam, Kalamu ya.  What is Life?  Reclaiming the Black Blues Self.  Third World Press, 1994.

Edwards, David Honeyboy, as told to Janis Martinson and Michael Frank.  The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing:  The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards.  Chicago Review Press, 1997.

Johson, Walter.  Soul by Soul:  Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market.  Harvard UP, 1999.

Eddie Boyd, “Five Long Years” (1965)

Harris, Trudier.  Exorcising Blackness:  Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning Rituals.  Indiana UP, 1984.

Wald, Elijah.  Escaping the Delta:  Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues.  Amistad Press, 2004.

Davis, Angela Y.  Blues Legacies and Black Feminism:  Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday.  Pantheon, 1998.

The Trouble I've Seen:  A Film by the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University [deep blues conditions; harmonica contributed by AG]