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    Swing low, sweet chariot

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:00 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quartet (Description). Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. 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 only. Downloading is not permitted. ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet - John Wesley Work II - J. A. Myers - Noah Walker Ryder - Alfred Garfield King
    • Date: 1909-12-01
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    I couldn't hear nobody pray

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:50 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied (Description). Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. 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 only. Downloading is not ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet - John Wesley Work II - J. A. Myers - Noah Walker Ryder - Alfred Garfield King
    • Date: 1909-12-01
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    Little David, play on yo' harp

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:51 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quartet (Description). Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. 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 only. Downloading is not permitted. ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet - John Wesley Work II - J. A. Myers - Noah Walker Ryder - Alfred Garfield King
    • Date: 1909-12-08
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    There is a balm in Gilead

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:24 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quartet (Description). Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. 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 only. Downloading is not permitted. ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet - John Wesley Work II - J. A. Myers - Noah Walker Ryder - Alfred Garfield King
    • Date: 1909-12-09
  • Audio Recording

    Roll Jordan roll

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:43 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quartet (Description). Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. 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 only. Downloading is not permitted. ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet - John Wesley Work II - J. A. Myers - Noah Walker Ryder - Alfred Garfield King
    • Date: 1909-12-21
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    Golden slippers

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:43 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quartet (Description). Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. 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 only. Downloading is not permitted. ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet - John Wesley Work II - J. A. Myers - Noah Walker Ryder - Alfred Garfield King
    • Date: 1909-12-21
  • Audio Recording

    Great campmeeting

    Religious. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:37 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quartet (Description). Digitized at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. 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 only. Downloading is not permitted. ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet - John Wesley Work II - J. A. Myers - Noah Walker Ryder - Alfred Garfield King
    • Date: 1909-12-21
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    Old black Joe

    Popular Music, Ethnic Characterizations. sound recording | 1 12" disc recording. | Duration: 03:30 | Vocal (Category). Male vocal quartet (Description). 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 only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording is ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet - John Wesley Work II - J. A. Myers - Noah Walker Ryder - Alfred Garfield King - Stephen Collins Foster
    • Date: 1909-12-09
  • Article

    African American Gospel - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    African American Gospel music is a form of euphoric, rhythmic, spiritual music rooted in the solo and responsive church singing of the African American South. Its development coincided with -- and is germane to -- the development of rhythm and blues. Playlist Five recordings from Library of Congress collections Oh, Jonah! Performed by the Golden Jubilee Quartet. Recorded by Willis James, 1943. We are ...

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    Songs of Social Change - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    Americans from the colonial period to the present day have often practiced their right to freedom of speech through song. American songs have called attention to social causes, both criticized and advocated governmental social policies, and provided a means of personal complaint on social issues. Songs are easily carried, demand attention, convey emotion, and can be performed in many contexts, with or without instrumentation, ...

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    African American Song

    From rappers like André 3000 (1975–) and pop stars like Michael Jackson (1958–2009), to opera singers like Denyce Graves (1964–) and gospel artists like Yolanda Adams (1961–), African American vocal artists continue to shake up and shape the musical culture of the United States in profound ways.

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    Printable Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    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 ...

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    Printable Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    1900 Songs of America Amy Marcy Cheney Beach sets to music Three Browning Songs, including "Ah, Love, But a Day and "The Year's at the Spring." John Rosamond Johnson writes the anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" to lyrics by James Weldon Johnson. The King Family performs the traditional dance song "Cripple Creek" on string band instruments: banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and bass fiddle. ...

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    African American Spirituals

    Freedom songs based on spirituals have also helped to define struggles for democracy in many other countries around the world including Russia, Eastern Europe, China and South Africa. Some of today's well-known pop artists continue to draw on the spirituals tradition in the creation of new protest songs. Examples include Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" and Billy Bragg's "Sing their souls back home."

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    Spirituals - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    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 ...