Philip Nel > Courses > American Studies 201: Introduction to American Studies (Spring 1998) > Music and Race in Twentieth-Century America

A Brief History of Music and Race in Twentieth-Century America

From Gospel and Jazz to Ska and Rap
"We Shall Overcome"
"(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue?" as performed by Ethel Waters (1930)
"Strange Fruit" as performed by Billie Holiday (1939)
"Mississippi Goddamn" as performed by Nina Simone (1964)
"A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke (1964)
"Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
"Rednecks" by Randy Newman (1974)
"The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five featuring Melle Mel & Duke Bootee (1982)
"Fight the Power" by Public Enemy (1989)
"Let's Face It" by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (1997)

Return to Phil Nel's syllabus for American Studies 201, Spring 1998.