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Slave songs of the United States

Author: Lucy McKim Garrison; Charles Pickard Ware; William Francis Allen; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
Publisher: Chapel Hill [N.C.] : University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library : Distributed by University of North Carolina Press, Baltimore, Md. : Project Muse, 2011. 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : DocSouth books edView all editions and formats
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First published in 1867, Slave Songs of the United States represents the work of its three editors, all of whom collected and annotated these songs while working in the Sea Islands of South Carolina during the Civil War, and also of other collectors who transcribed songs sung by former slaves in other parts of the country. The transcriptions are preceded by an introduction written by William Francis Allen, the chief  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Music
Songs and music
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy McKim Garrison; Charles Pickard Ware; William Francis Allen; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
OCLC Number: 1126030328
Notes: Originally published: New York : A. Simpson, 1867.
Prepared using the transcribed electronic text used in the "Documenting the American South" (DocSouth)--Project.
Description: 1 online resource (224 pages) : facsimile, music
Responsibility: edited by William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, Lucy McKim Garrison.

Abstract:

First published in 1867, Slave Songs of the United States represents the work of its three editors, all of whom collected and annotated these songs while working in the Sea Islands of South Carolina during the Civil War, and also of other collectors who transcribed songs sung by former slaves in other parts of the country. The transcriptions are preceded by an introduction written by William Francis Allen, the chief editor of the collection, who provides his own explanation of the origin of the songs and the circumstances under which they were sung. One critic has noted that, like the editors' introductions to slave narratives, Allen's introduction seeks to lend to slave expressions the honor of white authority and approval. Gathered during and after the Civil War, the songs, most of which are religious, reflect the time of slavery, and their collectors worried that they were beginning to disappear. Allen declares the editors' purpose to be to preserve, "while it is still possible ... these relics of a state of society which has passed away."

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