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If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me The African American Sacred Song Tradition

ISBN-10: 0803289839
ISBN-13: 9780803289833
Edition: 2001
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Description: How do you survive leaving everything you know to try to reconstruct your life and future in a new way? What do you carry with you on your journey to the new place? Migration looms large as a theme in twentieth-century African American life.  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 2/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 155
Size: 6.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

How do you survive leaving everything you know to try to reconstruct your life and future in a new way? What do you carry with you on your journey to the new place? Migration looms large as a theme in twentieth-century African American life. Bernice Johnson Reagon uses this theme as a centering structure for four essays that examine different genres of African American sacred music as they manifested themselves throughout the twentieth century and within her own life. The first essay examines the evolution of gospel music by looking at the work of Charles Albert Tindley, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, Reverend Smallwood Williams, Roberta Martin, Pearl William Jones, and Richard Smallwood. In the next essay Reagon relates the story of Deacon William Reardon and the prayer bands that carried the tradition of South Carolina spirituals through the twentieth century in the communities of Washington DC, and Baltimore. The concert spiritual tradition is the subject of the third essay, and the final essay explores how stories about African American women of the nineteenth century became a source of strength for Reagon in her development as an African American woman, singer, fighter, and scholar.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Twentieth-Century Gospel: As the People Moved They Sang a New Song
The African American Congregational Song Tradition: Deacon William Reardon Sr., Master Songleader
Spirituals: An African American Communal Voice
Freedom Songs: My African American Singing and Fighting Mothers
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