Concentration: Early 20th c. US
Jonathan Lower ‘s research focus is 20th century American culture. Jonathan’s professional interests are musical influence on American culture. He recently completed his masters’ thesis: The Romance of Lead Belly: Race and Activism in American Blues Music available at Kent State Library. This thesis investigates the musical activism of early blues artists of the 1920s and 30s, like Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, arguing that many of these artists carefully navigated segregated society to voice social and political critiques through music and lyrics. Jonathan looks to continue to research the effects American music had on social movements and counter cultures.