The Negro and his songs

Posted: March 17, 2012 in Guy B. Johnson, History, Howard W. Odum, Pre Blues, Pre war blues, Slave history, Slave Narrative, Slavery period

Authors: Howard W. Odum and Guy B. Johnson


Howard Washington Odum (1884-1954 was an American sociologist. Odum was known for collecting facts, ranging from oral history (including documentation of folk songs) to agricultural data. His book ‘Race and Rumors of Race’ is considered to be the earliest documentation of the civil rights movement. Odum’s views on race progressed over time and ultimately he was a progressive leader, documenting folk life, hate crimes/lynchings, and rich oral histories of the South. His work is difficult to classify under one discipline, although he identified most with sociology while being deeply committed to social welfare.

Guy B. Johnson (1901) 1991) was also a sociologist and social anthropologist, a distinguished student of black culture in the rural South and a pioneer advocate of racial equality. His main writings were on southern Black folk culture and U.S. race relations, his interests and accomplishments were broad. In Folk Culture, he analyzed the Gullah dialect of English spoken by blacks on that isolated South Carolina island and, in sophisticated technical detail, the musical structure of the spirituals they sang to support a new interpretation of black folk culture.

In The “Negro and His Songs”, both analyse the typical Negro Songs of the South.

The publication dates from 1925.



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