Title: Authentic American Slave Songs
Author: Stephen Ashley (Mountain Waters Pty Ltd)
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A collection of spirituals, plantation melodies and work songs from the memories of American ex-slaves. Work songs were rhythmic songs intended to increase productivity while reducing feelings of boredom, while the more traditional Negro Spirituals where an expression of religious faith. Spirituals are a musical form that is specific to the religious experience in the United States of Africans and their descendants. There are also recollections of the songs used by soldiers from the Civil War…