Slave Songs of the United States

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Slave Songs of the United States, title page

Slave Songs of the United States was a collection of African American music consisting of 136 songs. Published in 1867, it was the first, and most influential,[1][2] collection of spirituals to be published. The collectors of the songs were Northern abolitionists William Francis Allen, Lucy McKim Garrison, and Charles Pickard Ware.[3] It is a "milestone not just in African American music but in modern folk history".[4][5][6][7] It is also the first published collection of African-American music of any kind.[8]

The making of the book is described by Samuel Charters, with an emphasis on the role of Lucy McKim Garrison.[9] A segment of History Detectives explored the book's history and significance.[10]

Notable songs[edit]

Several notable and popular songs in the book include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Chase, Gilbert (2000). America's Music: From the Pilgrims to the Present. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-00454-X.
  • Crawford, Richard (2001). America's Musical Life: A History. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-04810-1.
  • Darden, Robert (1996). People Get Ready: A New History of Black Gospel Music. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8264-1752-3.
  • Koskoff, Ellen, ed. (2000). Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Volume 3: The United States and Canada. Garland Publishing. ISBN 0-8240-4944-6.
  • National Conference on Music of the Civil War Era (2004). Mark A. Snell; Bruce C. Kelley (eds.). Bugle Resounding: Music and Musicians of the Civil War Era. University of Missouri Press. ISBN 0-8262-1538-6.
  • Southern, Eileen (1997). Music of Black Americans. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN 0-393-03843-2.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Darden, pg. 71
  2. ^ Southern, pg. 152
  3. ^ Crawford, pg. 416
  4. ^ Darden, pgs. 99-100
  5. ^ Maultsby, Portia K.; Mellonee V. Burnin; Susan Oehler. "Overview". The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. pp. 572–591.
  6. ^ Ramsey, Jr., Guthrie P. (Spring 1996). "Cosmopolitan or Provincial?: Ideology in Early Black Music Historiography, 1867-1940". Black Music Research Journal. Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1. 16 (1): 11–42. doi:10.2307/779375. JSTOR 779375.
  7. ^ Snell and Kelley, pg. 22
  8. ^ Chase, pg. 215
  9. ^ Charters, Samuel. 2015. Songs of Sorrow: Lucy McKim Garrison and "Slave Songs of the United States". Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-62846-206-7
  10. ^ "Slave Songbook | History Detectives | PBS". www.pbs.org. Retrieved 2018-03-28.

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