The history of Southern musical culture is extensive and multifaceted. Music has played a central role in defining the culture and the history of Southern America, as a component of religious practices, folklore tradition, the social sphere, and education. This digital exhibit uses musical artifacts to elaborate the South's history from many perspectives: the southern plantation slave, the high-society guys and gals, those loyal to the Confederacy, the first immigrants, prominent record companies, etc. Our hope is to gain a broader understanding of the role of music in Southern American culture through its material platforms, and how it has evolved over time.
Exhibit created by MUSC 89 / From Medieval Manuscript to iPod: Music and Material Culture