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Songs Of Slavery And Empancipation

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Songs Of Slavery And Empancipation
Songs Of Slavery And Empancipation


The 'Songs Of Slavery and Emancipation' project presents recently discovered songs composed by enslaved people and explicitly calling for resistance to slavery.

Some originate as early as 1800 and others as late as the outbreak of the Civil War. The project also includes long-lost songs of the abolitionist movement, some of which were written by fugitive slaves as well as free black people, challenging common misconceptions of abolitionism. Thirty one songs are presented in a double CD containing new performances in a traditional style. An accompanying 80 page liner notes includes complete lyrics as well as reproductions of historic documents. The liner notes also include essays by producer Mat Callahan, scholar Robin D.G. Kelley and activist organizer Kali Akuno. A companion full length book documents the sources of these newly released songs, as well as providing historic context. The CDs and book will be published in June 2022 by the University Press of Mississippi in conjunction with Jalopy Records.

"To those songs I trace my first glimmering conception of the dehumanizing character of slavery. I can never get rid of that conception. Those songs still follow me, to deepen my hatred of slavery, and quicken my sympathies for my brethren in bonds." -Frederick Douglass.


  1. Name
  2. Agonizing, Cruel Slavery Days
  3. The Dirge Of St. Malo (Louisiana Creole)
  4. The Dirge Of St. Malo (English)
  5. Hymn Of Freedom
  6. Uncle Gabriel The Negro General
  7. The Negro's Complaint
  8. Recognition March Of The Independance Of Hayti
  9. The African Hymn
  10. Nat Turner
  11. My Father, How Long?
  12. March On
  13. Children, We All Shall Be Free
  14. Ol' Massa He Come Dancing Out
  15. The Year Of Jubilo
  16. The Enlisted Men (the Negro Battle Hymn)
  17. Rebeldia Na Bandabou
  18. Song Of The Aliened American
  19. A Song For Freedom
  20. Stole And Sold From Africa
  21. Right On!
  22. Flight Of The Bondman
  23. The Underground Railroad
  24. To The White People Of America
  25. Liberty
  26. The Band Of Thieves
  27. The True Spirit
  28. Come Join The Abolitionists
  29. The Voice Of Six Hundred Thousand Nominally Free
  30. Were Coming! Were Coming!
  31. Woman's Rights
  32. What Mean Ye?
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