• Printable Timeline -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    1850 Songs of America Stephen Foster composes 'The Voice of Bygone Days', 'Molly, Do You Love Me?', and 'Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!' 'Go Down Moses,' a spiritual sung by the Tuskegee Institute Singers, 1914. Harriet Tubman reported using this song to identify herself to slaves that might want to escape and flee north with her by singing it in a neighboring ...

    • Date: 1850
  • I want to be ready

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:35 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). The singers are listed as a quintet in Victor ledgers. Disc label shows double quartet. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Good news

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:27 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • The old time religion

    Religious, Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:48 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quintet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 9/20/1915 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Live a-humble

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:53 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Steal away

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:23 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 and 9/20/1915 sessions as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. For takes 4-5, the singers are listed as a quintet in Victor ledgers. Disc label shows double quartet. Digitized at the Library ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Swing low, sweet chariot

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:12 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). For takes 3-5, the singers are listed as a quintet in Victor ledgers. Disc label shows double quartet. Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 9/20/1915 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Been a listenin' Been a listenin

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:51 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). For takes 2-3, the singers are listed as a quintet in Victor ledgers. Disc label shows double quartet. Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 9/20/1915 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. This recording is protected by state ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Heaven song

    Religious, Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:23 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quintet, unaccompanied (Description). D/G/R also indicates possible presence of vocalist William L. Dawson. Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 and 9/20/1915 sessions as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - Charles Edward Clayton - Leroy Brown - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • I want to be like Jesus

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:35 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 session as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. For takes 2-3, see BVE-15170. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Go down Moses

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:30 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal double quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Dixon/Godrich/Rye notes the 8/31/1914 and 9/20/1915 sessions as taking place in New York City. Victor ledgers do not list a specific location. Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Tuskegee Institute Singers - Leroy Brown - Charles Edward Clayton - Alvin J. Neely - William J. Williams - William P. Smith - Alfred Taylor - William Wiley
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Songs Related to the Abolition of Slavery

    Among the places that slaves could run to and avoid capture were lands belonging to American Indian tribes by treaty. Before the United States acquired Florida, slaves could flee there to both leave the United States and seek allies among the Seminole tribe. In the webcast Tim Tingle and D.J. Battiest-Tomasi: Oklahoma Choctaw Music and Storytelling, available in this presentation, Tim Tingle tells a ...

  • Spirituals -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    A spiritual is a type of religious folksong that is most closely associated with the enslavement of African people in the American South. The songs proliferated in the last few decades of the eighteenth century leading up to the abolishment of legalized slavery in the 1860s. The African American spiritual (also called the Negro Spiritual) constitutes one of the largest and most significant forms ...