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Slave Songs of The United StatesItem #: AL.06-285731
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Written by William Francis Allen.
Song Folio. 176 pages. Published by Dover Publications. (AL.06-285731)
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This 1867 landmark book represents the first systematic effort to collect and preserve the songs sung by the plantation slaves of the Old South. Most of the 130 songs, arranged by geographic area, were recorded directly from the singers themselves. Includes the melody line and all known verses to each song, directions for singing, and a commentary on each. 176 pages.