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Slave Songbook

  • Aired: 02/22/2009
  • 17:30
  • Rating: TV-G
This small, cloth-bound book, titled Slave Songs of the United States, has a publication date of 1867 and contains a collection of 136 plantation songs. History Detectives explores the coded messages and the melodies that laid the foundation of modern blues, gospel and protest songs of future generations.
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Could this be the first book of African American spirituals ever published?
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