Unformatted text preview: The slaves sang songs about their values and beliefs towards biblical characters. Within their musical traditions, the slaves sang about god in a way that was not remote and abstract but in a more intimate and personal acknowledgment and recognition. While there are many world disbeliefs of heaven and hell, slaves acknowledged heaven and hell as experiences within every day life. God, Christ, and Satan were not only looked upon as just symbols, but were considered to be meetings that were quite possible. These representations were significant because religious music was considered to be about personal worth and value. There was tension between the desire to spread the gospel and the need to use Christianity as a form of social control. In Virginia, observations were made concluding that in general, slaves put more confidence in their color then whites did within religious services....
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- Spring '10
- Christianity, Slavery in the United States, stylistic features, Alexandra Nass