Getting The Blues: Understanding Southern Culture via Delta Blues Music [S-18-29]

Presenter:Thomas Alzo
Location: TBA
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.0 hours
Dates: Tue 3:00 PM 03/13, 03/20
Status: CLOSED

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Participants will gain a new understanding of and perspective on America’s Southern Culture. What was the system of sharecropping that grew out of slavery like? How did those on its losing end respond? What was the reality of the Civil Rights Movement for those who lived it each and every day? We will explore these and other questions using the Delta Blues as our teaching tool.

Thomas Alzo is a 3rd Grade Teacher at St. Mary’s School in Canton. As part of his ongoing efforts to combine music and education, he recently attended a workshop titled “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta.” Thomas has spent the school year infusing themes from this workshop into his classroom.

LINKS: (email the presenter if you would like more links: 

Book Links:
"The Most Southern Place on Earth" - By James C. Cobb
   "Silver Rights" - by Constance Curry
   "Moanin' at Midnight" - "The Life and times of Howlin' Wolf

Websites: Juke Joint Festival - Website detailing blues history of towns in the Mississiippi Delta.

Cap: 30

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