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Author: LeRoy Moore, Jr.

Source: American Quarterly, Vol. 23, N° 5, Dec., 1971, pp. 658-676

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“THE AMERICAN NEGRO SPIRITUALS ARE THE PRODUCT OF THE FUSION OF Christian piety and the slave experience of persons of African descent. Alain Locke designated the antebellum decades beginning about 1830 as the “classic” period of the composition of these songs.  The aptness of his designation is indicated on the one hand by the fact that after the Civil War the songs were available to compilers, cataloguers, commentators and jubilee singers,  and on the other that in the decades immediately before the war circumstances converged to provide the conditions out of which the spirituals arose.”

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Author: Folkstreams / Daniel W. Patterson

Source: http://www.folkstreams.net/context,4

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“Arthur Jackson was born on a farm near Jonesville, S.C., in 1911, and grew up sharing a one-room log cabin with his parents and 5 brothers and sisters. His father worked him so hard as a child that he was glad when a rainy day came. “I went to a school when it rained, ” he says. “Outside of that I always had something to do on the farm….If I’d a-stayed at home I wouldn’t have known a thing, wouldn’t have been able to do anything but plow a mule. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. I did a lot of work in vain–sixteen hours in June, July, August, working from sun to sun. If you plow a mule all day and into the night, you feel just as tired when you get up as when you lay down. Plow all night too, dreaming.”

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