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Spirituals and the birth of a black entertainment industry

Author: Sandra J Graham
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Spirituals performed by jubilee troupes became a sensation in post-Civil War America. First brought to the stage by choral ensembles like the Fisk Jubilee Singers, spirituals anchored a wide range of late nineteenth-century entertainments, including minstrelsy, variety, and plays by both black and white companies. In the first book-length treatment of postbellum spirituals in theatrical entertainments, Sandra Jean  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Spirituals (Songs)
Minstrel shows
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra J Graham
ISBN: 9780252041631 0252041631 9780252083273 025208327X
OCLC Number: 1004765337
Description: xvi, 330 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. --
The folk spiritual. --
Part I. The rise of a jubilee industry --
The Jubilee Singers of Fisk University --
The Fisk concert spiritual --
Innovators, imitators, and a jubilee industry. Part II. Spirituals for the masses. --
The minstrel show gets religion --
Commercial spirituals --
Spirituals in Uncle Tom shows, melodramas, and spectacles --
Blurring boundaries between traditional and commercial --
Conclusion: lessons and legacies.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Sandra Jean Graham.

Abstract:

Spirituals performed by jubilee troupes became a sensation in post-Civil War America. First brought to the stage by choral ensembles like the Fisk Jubilee Singers, spirituals anchored a wide range of late nineteenth-century entertainments, including minstrelsy, variety, and plays by both black and white companies. In the first book-length treatment of postbellum spirituals in theatrical entertainments, Sandra Jean Graham mines a trove of resources to chart the spiritual's journey from the private lives of slaves to the concert stage. Graham navigates the conflicting agendas of those who, in adapting spirituals for their own ends, sold conceptions of racial identity to their patrons. In so doing they laid the foundation for a black entertainment industry whose artistic, financial, and cultural practices extended into the twentieth century [Publisher description]

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"Sandra Graham breaks new ground in her nuanced examination of the white-controlled spiritual or jubilee industry, and of claims for musical and cultural authenticity by black college and independent Read more...

 
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