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Film, Video Stolen Souls from Africa Song of the Coffle Gang

About this Item


  • Stolen Souls from Africa

Other Title

  • Song of the Coffle Gang

Alternate Title

  • Song of the Coffle Gang


  • Seeger, Mike -- 1933-2009 (performer)

Created / Published

  • Library of Congress, 2007.


  • -  Antislavery movements--United States
  • -  Slavery--United States
  • -  Protest songs--United States
  • -  contemporary america (1945-present)
  • -  Songs and Music


  • -  Recorded at the Library of Congress (venue)
  • -  Forms part of the Seeger Family Tribute Collection (source)
  • -  A version of this song titled, "The Song of the Coffle Gang," was published in abolishionist song collections: The Liberty Minstrel, compiled by George Washington Clark in New York, 1844, and in The Anti Slavery Harp, compiled by William Wells Brown in Boston, 1849. (bibliographic history)
  • -  4:3


  • videorecording


  • videorecording ; 3 min


  • American Folklife Center

LC Classification

  • AFC 2007/006

Online Format

  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Seeger, Mike. Stolen Souls from Africa. Library of Congress, 2007. Video.

APA citation style:

Seeger, M. (2007) Stolen Souls from Africa. Library of Congress. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Seeger, Mike. Stolen Souls from Africa. Library of Congress, 2007. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.