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Guy and Candie Carawan: Mediating the music of the Civil Rights Movement
by Turner, Kristen Meyers, M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011, 84; 1496641
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis documents and analyzes Guy and Candie Carawan's mediation of music in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Guy and Candie framed the music of poor, rural blacks as a powerful repertoire that could be used as part of the Civil Rights struggle against oppression. Much of it came out of the church, appealing to the many religious people already part of the Movement. Their interest in Johns Island, South Carolina led them to plan festivals and write a book to promote Gullah culture and its music. The reception of their actions among activists highlights the ambivalent attitude many middle-class blacks held for people still living in rural poverty. I also analyze issues of gender in their working method, which mirrored the gender roles in the Civil Rights Movement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Garcia, David F.
Commitee: Cantwell, Robert, Fauser, Annegret
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Musicology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Biographies, Black history, Music
Keywords: Carawan, Candie, Carawan, Guy, Civil rights, Freedom songs, Gender, Johns Island, South Carolina
Publication Number: 1496641
ISBN: 978-1-124-76774-1
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