Slave Songs of the United States

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Slave Songs of the United States was a collection of African American music consisting of 136 songs. Published in 1867, it was the first, and most influential, [1] [2] collection of spirituals to be published. The collectors of the songs were Northern abolitionists William Francis Allen, Lucy McKim Garrison, and Charles Pickard Ware. [3] It is a "milestone not just in African American music but in modern folk history". [4] [5] [6] [7] It is also the first published collection of African-American music of any kind. [8]


The making of the book is described by Samuel Charters, with an emphasis on the role of Lucy McKim Garrison. [9] A segment of History Detectives explored the book's history and significance. [10]

Notable songs

Several notable and popular songs in the book include:

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  2. Southern, pg. 152
  3. Crawford, pg. 416
  4. Darden, pgs. 99-100
  5. Maultsby, Portia K.; Mellonee V. Burnin; Susan Oehler. "Overview". The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. pp. 572–591.
  6. Ramsey, Jr., Guthrie P. (Spring 1996). "Cosmopolitan or Provincial?: Ideology in Early Black Music Historiography, 1867-1940". Black Music Research Journal. Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1. 16 (1): 11–42. doi:10.2307/779375. JSTOR   779375.
  7. Snell and Kelley, pg. 22
  8. Chase, pg. 215
  9. Charters, Samuel. 2015. Songs of Sorrow: Lucy McKim Garrison and "Slave Songs of the United States". Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. ISBN   978-1-62846-206-7
  10. "Slave Songbook | History Detectives | PBS". Retrieved 2018-03-28.