The Character of a Region

Tracey E. W. Laird

in Louisiana Hayride

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167511
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850099 | DOI:

Series: American Musicspheres

The Character of a Region

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Shreveport's location was commercially profitable as it was situated on a bluff and was readily visible and accessible from the river. This is the reason why traders from all direction used the port as their main terminus through steamboat to Shreveport. Shreveport became an increasingly important crossroads for music and culture as a result of trading not only on water but via the land as well. From this, KWKH and its Louisiana Hayride epitomised the dynamism of a mid-century turning point in the culture of the South and the United States as a whole after World War II. There is a direct connection between the spirit and energy of the Louisiana Hayride and the character of Shreveport. Despite good economic conditions, discrimination among the regions of blacks and whites was much evident in the region. Despite the dramas, Shreveport became the economic center of the South.

Keywords: commerce; bluff; traders; terminus; culture; discrimination

Chapter.  5123 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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