This course considers how the changing forms of African-American folk music -- from its Western Sudanese precursors; through the work songs, hollers, shouts, and spirituals of slavery and the blues and gospel of Jim Crow; to the protest songs and Soul music of the '60s and beyond -- reflect the lives in each era of those who composed, performed, and listened to these essential parts of the American songbook. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion. Exercise or Dance. Listening to Music or Other Audio. Viewing Videos.