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James C. Downey
William Carey College (Hattiesburg, MS 39401)

Patterns of Acculturation in the Popular Religious Music of White and Negro Communities in the South

Study of the changes in musical elements which occur as a form passes from one ethnic group to another, defining the influence of social and economic factors which affect such a transformation. Traditionally "white" musical forms undergo certain changes by which they are made relevant to the religious expression of the Negro. The changes are often thought to be the result of the musical style idiomatic to the American Negro, but fellow indicates that other factors, especially the status of the negro in the socio-economic structure of the South, should be considered. Fellow to participate in classes and seminars at Tulane University with extensive field work in various cities in the South.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,500 (approved)
$6,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/1970 – 6/30/1971