ASVAB Paragraph Comprehension
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The Mississippi Delta-a floodplain rich with centuries' worth of alluvium---is home to some of the most fertile land in the South. And although the Delta didn't offer wealth to its many farm laborers, it at least offered regular work. Because of this, it acted as a magnet for African American tenant farmers from across Mississippi. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, migration centers in the Delta also became incubators for early blues musicians. If the blues had a birth certificate, it might well list the place of birth as Dockery Farms, near Ruleville, Mississippi.
Located along the Sunflower River, Dockery Farms was established in 1895. Although the early history of the blues is somewhat sketchy, it is believed that farm hand Henry Sloan was playing blues on the farm as early as 1897. There are no recordings of Sloan; his fame owes more to one of his Dockery protÃ©gÃ©s than his own work. Around 1900, the Patton family moved to Dockery farms, and one of the young Patton sons, Charley, became drawn to Sloan. In time, Patton became the most recognized figure out of a growing number of blues musicians in the area, and influenced subsequent generations of Delta bluesmen, such as Son House and Robert Johnson.
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