American Cultural Studies
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Chair and Committee
A consideration of three State Songs, ΓÇ£My Old Kentucky HomeΓÇ¥ by Stephen Foster, ΓÇ£Carry Me Back to Old VirginnyΓÇ¥ by James A. Bland, and ΓÇ£The Missouri WaltzΓÇ¥ with lyrics by James Royce Shannon. The combination of black dialect and negative stereotypes, with elevation to special status impacting identity, necessitated their alteration. Such change reflects societal response to the Civil Rights Movement, while a pragmatic view suggests these malleable artifacts have functioned, and continue to function, as ΓÇ£blue notes,ΓÇ¥ unsettling elements acting to stimulate discourse, becoming participants in the formation of identity and American cultural change.
Lucas, Lou, "Blue Notes from Three Songs: Malleable Artifacts as Related to Evolving Cultural Identity" (2010). All Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). 521.