Oxford Town

"Oxford Town" (Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963) was written in response to Broadside magazine's invitation for writers to write about the enrollment of James Meredith, the first black admitted to the University of Mississippi. Although there is no mention of Meredith or the University, the song's themes of racism and violence are a powerful contrasts to the beautiful melody and emotionally ironic singing of early Dylan.