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Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry
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Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

Sandra Jean Graham

Abstract

Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry is the first book to trace the musical evolution of postwar spirituals. The jubilee singers who introduced them ignited a chain reaction that rippled throughout multiple levels of popular culture for the rest of the century, influencing blackface minstrelsy, stage productions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and other plays, and variety shows. The widespread influence of spirituals on popular amusements illustrates the symbolic distance these songs had traveled since the Civil War, when they had functioned as private, sacred folk music. The groups ... More

Keywords: Jubilee singers, Folk spiritual, Concert spiritual, Arranged spiritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041631
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041631.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra Jean Graham, author
Babson College