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Reading Worksheet Slave Songs of the United States In Grove Music , Dena J. Epstein writes: On 6 December 1865 [Lucy McKim] married Wendell Phillips Garrison, literary editor of The Nation , who assisted her in gathering the first comprehensive collection of slave songs, in collaboration with William Francis Allen and Charles Pickard Ware. The resulting book, Slave Songs of the United States (New York, 1867), was a seminal work of lasting importance, still the best-known source of slave music. Lucy McKim Garrison was “the only practicing musician among the collectors of slave songs in the South Carolina Sea Islands [Port Royal].” It was she who first called attention to songs of the slaves. Introduction
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Unformatted text preview: • What does William Francis Allen write about the slaves’ ability to make the words fit the tunes (iv). • How loudly did the laborers sing work songs? (viii) • Did the song collectors find it easy to describe the voices of “colored people”? (v) • Pay particular attention to the description of the genre discussed in the lecture, the “shout” or “ring shout.”(xii and following) • Which songs showed African origins to the collectors? (xi) • Which song was the favorite of all collected? (also song number 1) • How far did that song’s popularity extend, if the collectors’ records may be trusted? • According to Prince Rivers, how is a new “sing” created? (xviii)...
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  • Spring '08
  • Carson
  • Music, Slavery in the United States, Harvard University alumni, Sea Islands, Lucy McKim Garrison, Slave Songs of the United States, WENDELL PHILLIPS

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