American antislavery songs: a collection and analysis
This comprehensive collection of 492 songs constitutes a body of work surprisingly large in proportion and revealing in scope. Drawn from a wide selection of sources, it is the only collection of antislavery songs currently in print. The songs are organized in six sections representing variations of antislavery thought and activity. Compiled from songs originally printed with music, lyrics with designated tunes, and lyrics otherwise indicating that they were actually, sung, the book follows a chronology that is historically meaningful. There is an explanatory introduction for each section, in which both the music and the lyrics are discussed. Sources are included for each song and five indexes provide ready access to author, title, tune, first line, and subject. The author's extensive introductory essay examines the historical background of the antislavery movement and its music.
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abolitionism abolitionists Afric's American Anti-Slavery Society Anti-Slavery Society August Auld Lang Syne Author awake banner bless blood bondman brave break brother captive chains cheer CHORUS Christian dark Death or Freedom earth Emancipation fathers fear fetters Free Soil free the slave Freedom freemen friends fugitive glorious glory God's gone grave hail hand Hark Harp hath hear heard heart heaven holy hurrah HYMN Joshua Simpson Tune jubilee July land lash Liberator Liberia Liberty Liberty's light loud master Melodies mother mountain nation ne'er Negro never night o'er Old Dan Tucker oppression Oppression's Picknick poor praise pray prayer reign Scots Wha Hae shame shore shout sing slavery Slavery's song sons soul spirit star star-spangled banner sweet tears thee There's thou toil truth tune specified tyrants unspecified Tune voice wave weep William Lloyd Garrison