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Joel Sweeney’s Role in the Northern Migration of the Traditional Southern Black Banjo: An HGIS Approach

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lucas Clifford Bowman (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/
Advisor
Christopher Badurek

Abstract: Using Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS), this project maps Joel Sweeney’s performances in America from 1836 to 1842 in relation to economic and social demographics of the era. These performances mark the first recordable path of the man who introduced the forerunner of what is now considered the modern banjo. His travels into the North targeted a new audience: Northern whites. These maps mark the earliest record of the traditional southern black banjo moving into popular entertainment of the North through blackface minstrelsy.

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Thesis
Bowman, L.C. (2010). Joel Sweeney’s Role in the Northern Migration of the Traditional Southern Black Banjo: An HGIS Approach. Unpublished master’s thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
Joel Sweeney, Black Banjo, Lifeworlds, Modernity, American Studies