Highway 61: Good Roads, Great Migrations, and Delta Blues

Willcoxon, Samuel (2019) Highway 61: Good Roads, Great Migrations, and Delta Blues. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Darren Grem from History, University of Mississippi.

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This thesis analyzes the social and racial factors that contributed to the cultural significance of U.S. Highway 61. First, I explore the background of road building and transportation in the United States. Next I detail the history of convict labor in the South, from convict leasing to convict labor on roads as a result of the Good Roads Movement. Third, I describe how economic and social conditions contributed to the out-migration of southerners during the twentieth century. Lastly, I analyze how social conditions spawned the Mississippi Delta blues, and how Highway 61 became a symbol of opportunity for blues musicians.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Willcoxon, Samuel
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in History and B.B.A. in General Business
Thesis Advisor: Darren Grem
Thesis Advisor's Department: History
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
Depositing User: Samuel Willcoxon
Date Deposited: 06 May 2019 15:51
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 15:51
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1325

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