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Mahalia Jackson and the Black Gospel Field

Mark Burford


Drawing on and piecing together a trove of previously unexamined sources, this book is the first critical study of the renowned African American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (1911–1972). Beginning with the history of Jackson’s family on a remote cotton plantation in the Central Louisiana parish of Pointe Coupée, the book follows their relocation to New Orleans, where Jackson was born, and Jackson’s own migration to Chicago during the Great Depression. The principal focus is her career in the decade following World War II, during which Jackson, building upon the groundwork of seminal Chicago g ... More

Keywords: Book, Mahalia Jackson, gospel music, media, New Orleans, Chicago, church music, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634902
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190634902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Burford, author
Associate Professor, Reed College