Upon the reading, the target audience thought to be associated with folk music was White Americans. White Americans were influenced by the Folk genre, and due to an increasing amount of popularity among White communities, there was a wrongful direction of credit to White Americans for creating Folk music. The style and rhythm of the Folk genre is similar to what is now referred to as Country music. However, it is important to note that the interaction between White Slave owners and Slaves established the Whites’ initial exposure to the folk genre. Essentially, Black slaves were the creators of Folk music.


Although  Folk popularity was spread by Whites for entertainment purposes, the music served as an emotional freedom for the Slaves during harsh working conditions and the detachment from their own homeland. An important element of the music was the call and response. During these working conditions, a statement was said by one person and then that statement was repeated by a group of others. These songs also included hidden messages which served as a means of communication between slaves during that time. There still existed an internal need for musical expression by Blacks regardless of their displacement. For Black slaves, folk music held true to the spiritual and rhythmic tone of African music. Folk music continues to inspire other songs to this day because it artistically details the hardships and emotions of the Black experience.


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