New York: A. Simpson & Co., 1867. ,xliv,,64,,-82,,- 92,,-115,pp. Half title. Original green cloth, ruled in blind, spine gilt. Moderate rubbing. Clean internally. Very good. Item #WRCAM56834
An uncommon and important collection of slave songs published in the aftermath of the Civil War. The text brings together 136 slave songs, dividing them into four regional sections: Southeastern ("South Carolina, Georgia, and the Sea Islands"), "Northern Seaboard Slave States" (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina), "Inland Slaves States: Including Tennessee, Arkansas, and the Mississippi River," and the Gulf States, including Florida and Louisiana. The index is even more specific as to the locality from which the song emanates, and occasional footnotes are quite useful with regard to the history of a particular song. The songs include phonetic renditions of now-famous titles such as "Roll, Jordan, Roll," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Had," and "Come Along, Moses," and concludes with seven songs in Creole ("negro-French") "obtained from a lady who heard them sung, before the war, on the 'Good Hope' plantation, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana." The lengthy preface is signed in print by William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, and Lucy McKim Garrison, and discusses the history and traditions of the songs, and the renewed interest in the subject of the music of enslaved African Americans. Garrison's work in Port Royal, S.C. was, according to Gilbert Chase's AMERICA'S MUSIC: FROM THE PILGRIMS TO THE PRESENT, the first attempt to catalog the characteristics of African-American spirituals. WORK, p.435. BLOCKSON 9992. LIBRARY COMPANY, AFRO-AMERICANA 247.