GOSPEL SONGS OF LIBERATION

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Description: In People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music, Robert Darden cites other such songs - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Seeking for a City, Run to Jesus, Brother Moses Go to the Promised Land - to buttress his speculation that when escape attempts were brewing, old songs were given new, perhaps detailed, lyrics that outlined specific points of departure or times. Raised as a white girl, she spent time immersed in Trem's black culture, trying to understand her complex personal roots: "A few blocks from the house where my father was born, I chanted a song of the Mardi Gras Indians, Shallow water, oh mama, that Bev whispered was sung by Indian women washing clothes on the riverbank to let escaping slaves know where to cross; and I clapped and swayed with the rest of the crowd."
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