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Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition

Adam Gussow


Winner of the 2004 C. Hugh Holman Award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, this book offers a new account of the blues tradition. Far from mere laments about lost loves and hard times, the blues emerge in this study as vital responses to spectacle lynchings and the violent realities of African American life in the Jim Crow South. With interpretations of both classic songs and literary works, from the autobiographies of W. C. Handy, David Honeyboy Edwards, and B. B. King to the poetry of Langston Hughes and the novels of Zora Neale Hurston, the book will transform the unders ... More

Keywords: blues, lynchings, African American life, Jim Crow South, W. C. Handy, David Honeyboy Edwards, B. B. King, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, classic songs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226310978
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226311005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Gussow, author