This course explores  a variety of American musical genres with attention to their historical and geographical emergence (roots) and their streams of influence (routes).  Among the musics considered are spirituals, blues, Cajun and zydeco, gospel, Appalachian ballads, bluegrass, klezmer,  early New Orleans jazz, social protest songs, country, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and rap.  American Music: Roots and Routes surveys the origins, reproduction, and transformation of vernacular musical styles, the songs of emblematic artists, and networks of musical circulation.