Shout Because You're Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition in Coastal Georgia

Overview


The ring shout is the oldest known African American performance tradition surviving on the North American continent. Performed for the purpose of religious worship, this fusion of dance, song, and percussion survives today in the Bolton Community of McIntosh County, Georgia. Incorporating oral history, first-person accounts, musical transcriptions, photographs, and drawings, Shout Because You're Free documents a group of performers known as the McIntosh County Shouters.

Derived...

See more details below
Paperback (First Edition, Reissue)
$19.49
BN.com price
(Save 27%)$26.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $9.00   
  • New (7) from $16.97   
  • Used (5) from $9.00   
Sending request ...

Overview


The ring shout is the oldest known African American performance tradition surviving on the North American continent. Performed for the purpose of religious worship, this fusion of dance, song, and percussion survives today in the Bolton Community of McIntosh County, Georgia. Incorporating oral history, first-person accounts, musical transcriptions, photographs, and drawings, Shout Because You're Free documents a group of performers known as the McIntosh County Shouters.

Derived from African practices, the ring shout combines call-and-response singing, the percussion of a stick or broom on a wood floor, and hand-clapping and foot-tapping. First described in depth by outside observers on the sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia during the Civil War, the ring shout was presumed to have died out in active practice until 1980, when the shouters in the Bolton community first came to the public's attention.

Shout Because You're Free is the result of sixteen years of research and fieldwork by Art and Margo Rosenbaum, authors of Folk Visions and Voices. The book includes descriptions of present-day community shouts, a chapter on the history of the shout's African origins, the recollections of early outside observers, and later folklorists' comments. In addition, the tunes and texts of twenty-five shout songs performed by the McIntosh County Shouters are transcribed by ethnomusicologist Johann S. Buis.Shout Because You're Free is a fascinating look at a unique living tradition that demonstrates ties to Africa, slavery, and Emancipation while interweaving these influences with worship and oneness with the spirit.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“An impressive body of work. . . . This book should take its place as a significant presentation of grassroots African American song and culture.”—Journal of American Folklore

“This is a splendid addition to the growing literature documenting African cultural survivals in the South.”—Southern Cultures

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820346113
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition, Reissue
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,435,845
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Art Rosenbaum is a painter, draftsman, muralist, folk musician, and a professor of art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Margo Newmark Rosenbaum is a professional photographer.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: "We Never Did Let It Go By" 1
1 "Kneebone in the Wilderness": The History of the Shout in America 17
2 "One Family of People": The Shouters of Bolden 53
3 Lawrence McKiver, Boss Songster 85
4 The Shout Songs 105
Jubilee 107
Blow, Gabriel 110
Move for Your Dyin' Savior 113
I Want to Die Like Weepin' Mary 114
Wade the Water to My Knees 116
Army Cross Over 118
Happy Angel 120
Move, Daniel 121
Drive Ol'Joe 124
I Come to Tell You 126
Kneebone Bend 127
Pharaoh's Host Got Lost 130
Hold the Baby 132
Religion, So Sweet 134
Time Drawin' Nigh (I See the Sign) 137
Read'em, John 139
In This Field We Mus'Die 142
Eve and Adam 144
Went to the Burial (Sinner Rock So) 146
John on the Island, I Hear Him Groan 150
Walk through the Valley in the Field 152
Ezekiel Saw That Little Stone 153
Lay Down, Body 155
Watch That Star 158
Farewell, Last Day Goin' 162
Transcriber's Note 164
Historical Essay. The Ring Shout: Revisiting the Islamic and African Issues of a Christian "Holy Dance" 167
Notes 173
Bibliography 183
Index 189
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)