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  • Article
    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 ...
  • Audio Recording
    I want to be ready
    Get on board (Additional title)
    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
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Audio Recording
    Been a listenin'
    Good Lord I done done (Additional title)
    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
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Audio Recording
    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
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Audio Recording
    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
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Go down Moses
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    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
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Good news
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    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
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Live a-humble
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    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
    • Date: 1914-08-31
  • Audio Recording
    Swing low, sweet chariot
    Primitive Negro chant (Title descriptor)
    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
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Audio Recording
    Steal away
    Old Negro spiritual (Title descriptor)
    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
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Audio Recording
    Heaven song
    Inchin' along (Additional title)
    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
    • Date: 1916-02-14
  • Article
    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 ...
  • Article
    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 ...