Slave Songs of the United States, 1st ed.


The Music of the Enslaved



In Slave Songs of the United States editors William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, and Lucy McKim Garrison collect words and music to 136 songs as well as notes on them.

The geographic sections covered are South-Eastern Slave States, Northern Seaboard Slave States, Inland Slave States, and Gulf States, the last including Florida and Louisiana. The editors provide a fine analysis of the unique patois of the freed people they met in South Carolina, albeit through the lens of the patronizing assumptions common to reformers of the day. Further analysis explores unique aspects of performance that challenge common musical nomenclature. A valuable work of music and history.

Hinge cracking at title page; light foxing; light chipping of extremities with loss at the top and bottom of the pine; spotted on rear board with light dampstain; else very good condition.

Allen, William Francis, Ware, Charles Pickard, and Garrison, Lucy McKim, editors. SLAVE SONGS OF THE UNITED STATES. New York: A. Simpson & Co., 1867. 1st edition 115p., (Sabin 82067).