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From the Publisher"Emphasizes the fascinating connections between sacred and secular forms of black music. . . . Enlightening."
"Engaging for its fresh approach and solid evidentiary base."
— Journal of Southern History
Jackson shows how over the 20th century, black gospel music remained sacred but also became an important source of black identity. She argues that its recognition outside of the church raised tensions that show how African Americans made sense of social and cultural developments that unfolded during the twentieth century.