Which Is Not Associated With American Folk Music in the Early 20th Century:

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We all know that American folk music has a rich history, but what about the music that wasn’t necessarily associated with that time period? In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the lesser-known genres of American folk music from the early 20th century.

The Appalachian Mountains

The Appalachian Mountains are a mountain range that runs along the eastern United States from the southern United States to eastern Canada. The Appalachian Mountains are not associated with American folk music in the early 20th century.

The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is not traditionally associated with American folk music, although a number of folk songs about the river have been written and sung over the years. Early twentieth century folk music is more likely to be associated with the Appalachian Mountains, the American South, or the Great Plains.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of great hardship for many Americans. Unemployment reached record levels, and poverty was widespread. In such difficult times, people often turn to music for comfort and inspiration. For many Americans, that music was folk music.

Folk music is a type of traditional music that is usually passed down orally from generation to generation. It often reflects the culture and values of the people who create it. Folk music was an important part of American culture in the early 20th century, and it played a significant role in the development of popular music genres such as blues, jazz, and country.

During the Great Depression, folk musicians often performed for free or for very little money. They typically played at community events, square dances, and political rallies. Many folk songs from this era dealt with themes of poverty, injustice, and despair. However, some songs offered messages of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.

One of the most famous folk songs from this era is “This Land Is Your Land,” written by Woody Guthrie in 1940. Guthrie was a prolific songwriter who penned hundreds of songs about the American experience. “This Land Is Your Land” is one of his most famous works; it has been recorded by numerous artists over the years and has become an anthem for many Americans.

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damages the ecology and agriculture of the American Great Plains region during the 1930s. The phenomenon was caused by a combination of drought and poor farming practices. Many songs were written about the Dust Bowl and its effects on the people who lived through it. Some of these songs became very popular, such as Woody Guthrie’s “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You.”

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