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Battle HymnsThe Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War$
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Christian McWhirter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835500

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882627_mcwhirter

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The Choked Voice of a Race, at Last

The Choked Voice of a Race, at Last

Unloosed African Americans and Civil War Music

(p.137) Chapter 6 The Choked Voice of a Race, at Last
Battle Hymns

Christian McWhirter

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the introduction of African American music to white audiences during the Civil War. Minstrelsy, one of the most popular genres of American music, was specifically designed to portray slave life. As the southern slave system collapsed, minstrel music changed. In the North, minstrel performers and songwriters supported emancipation and black enlistment.

Keywords:   African American, music, Civil War, minstrelsy, slave life, minstrel music, emancipation, enlistment

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