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Other Title
God Moves on the Water
Contributor Names
Corse, Carita Doggett, b. 1892 (Collector)
Cornwall, Robert (Collector)
Brown, James (Speaker)
Bass, Walter Van (Performer)
Bass, Ned Hugh (Performer)
Brown, James, Jr. (Performer)
Created / Published
Kenansville, Florida
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Ballads
-  Disaster ballads
-  Songs
-  United States -- Florida -- Osceola County -- Kenansville
-  A ballad sung by African Americans in South Florida. It commemorates the Miami Hurricane of 1926.
-  Performance Note: "Hurricane" (vocals with banjo and guitar) performed by James Brown, Jr., Walter Van Bass, banjo, and Ned Hugh Bass at Caruja Ranch, Kenansville, Florida, on July 1, 1940.
Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1940/011: AFS 03898 A01
Source Collection
Florida WPA Recordings, 1940 (AFC 1940/011)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
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  • Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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  • Alton C. Morris Florida WPA recordings (AFC 1939/026), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Chicago citation style:

Corse, Carita Doggett, B. 1892, Robert Cornwall, James Brown, Walter Van Bass, Ned Hugh Bass, and James Brown. Hurricane. Kenansville, Florida, 1940. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed July 24, 2016.)

APA citation style:

Corse, C. D., Cornwall, R., Brown, J., Bass, W. V., Bass, N. H. & Brown, J. (1940) Hurricane. Kenansville, Florida. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Corse, Carita Doggett, B. 1892, et al. Hurricane. Kenansville, Florida, 1940. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.