How I Got Over: African-American Gospel Music in the Missouri Bootheel

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How I Got Over: African-American Gospel Music in the Missouri Bootheel

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Title: How I Got Over: African-American Gospel Music in the Missouri Bootheel
Author: Everts-Boehm, Dana; Crandall, Jean
Keywords: bootheel
Missouri artists
Date: 1995
Publisher: Missouri Folk Arts Program of the Missouri Arts Council
Citation: Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1995
Series/Report no.: Missouri Masters and Their Traditional Arts;
Abstract: This essay emerged from the Bootheel Underserved Arts Communities Project, which was co-sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri Folk Arts Program, and the State Historical Society of Missouri at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Extensive fieldwork undertaken in 1994 documented, among other things, a rich vein of African American gospel music in this region. Jean Crandall, a graduate student in the Folk Studies Program at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, interviewed a number of black gospel singers and taped performances at choir rehearsals, church services, and fellowship gatherings. One of the gospel singers she interviewed, Mildred Whitehorn, was subsequently chosen to participate as a master artist in Missouri's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. This essay explores the phenomenon of African American gospel in the Bootheel, with a special focus on soloist Mildred Whitehorn.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3460

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