WHAT IS THE BLUES?
Blues is a type of secular folk music that was created by African Americans in the early 20th century. The development of blues happened post-Civil War by farm workers and sharecroppers. African Americans fled to the north in a movement called the Great Migration to escape unfair Jim Crow laws. One of the main places that American Americans moved to was Chicago. There was already a subgenre of blues called the Delta Blues, but African Americans created a new type of blues, the Chicago Blues. While other types of music are usually developed from other music genres, blues is created simply from work songs, just one reason why blues is so special.