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Down the Line

Down the Line

Blues Brilliance, Displacement, and Living under the Shadow of Levees

Chapter:
(p.25) 1 Down the Line
Source:
Backwater Blues
Author(s):
Richard M. Mizelle
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679256.003.0002

Chapter I situates the blues as a universal theory for re-evaluating the social experiences of truth for black people during the 1927 flood, primarily focusing on the meaning of citizenship and displacement in the blues.

Keywords:   Disasters, Blues, Historical Fiction, Great Migration, Levees, 1928 Flood Control Act, Charity, New Deal, Mississippi Flood Control Project, Yazoo Mississippi Delta

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