Note: Alan Lomax reads a story of a freed slave and introduces his next song, a spritual. The text of the story is from the monograph, The Unwritten History of Slavery, Volume I, edited by O. S. Egypt, J. Masuoka, and Charles S. Johnson (Fisk University, 1945).
About the session: A lecture and performance given by Alan Lomax in Texas City, Texas, on April 19, 1969. Lomax illustrates the development of American folk music through New England hymns to Black spirituals and bad-man ballads. The recording was given to Lomax by Robert P. Shinn.
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