Please Accept My Love: Race, Culture, and B.B. King’s Live in Cook County Jail

Polk (III), Eugene Brinson (Tre) (2017) Please Accept My Love: Race, Culture, and B.B. King’s Live in Cook County Jail. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Darren Grem from History, The University of Mississippi.

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This thesis uses a specific event, B.B. King’s performance in 1970 and subsequent album from Chicago’s Cook County Jail, to study the intersections of race, music, and American culture. First, I trace the events leading up to the performance and album and contextualize both within King's career and the history of race relations in the South and in Chicago.  Second, I detail the history of Cook County Jail and King’s subsequent prison activism. All in all, this thesis argues that the sense of racial bondage shared between the blues, King, and the inmates at Cook County Jail, is the primary reason Live in Cook County Jail became the most successful prison blues ever recorded. This thesis also concludes that, while King’s performance occurred nearly a half a century ago, what it had to say about racial inequality in correctional facilities remains relevant.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Polk (III), Eugene Brinson (Tre)
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in History
Thesis Advisor: Darren Grem
Thesis Advisor's Department: History
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Depositing User: Tre Polk
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 19:12
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 19:12

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