Nothing but Love in God's Water: Volume I, Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement

Nothing but Love in God's Water: Volume I, Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement

by Robert Darden

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Overview

The first of two volumes chronicling the history and role of music in the African American experience, Nothing but Love in God’s Water explores how songs and singers helped African Americans challenge and overcome slavery, subjugation, and suppression. From the spirituals of southern fields and the ringing chords of black gospel to the protest songs that changed the landscape of labor and the cadences sung before dogs and water cannons in Birmingham, sacred song has stood center stage in the African American drama. Myriad interviews, one-of-a-kind sources, and rare or lost recordings are used to examine this enormously persuasive facet of the movement. Nothing but Love in God’s Water explains the historical significance of song and helps us understand how music enabled the civil rights movement to challenge the most powerful nation on the planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271050843
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 10/24/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Darden is Professor of Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media at Baylor University. He is a former gospel music editor for Billboard magazine.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Spiritual: Beginnings and Context

Chapter 2: The Spirituals: Protest Songs

Interlude: The Protest Spirituals: From the Post Civil War Era Through the Great

Migration

Chapter 3: The Spirituals: “There is Power in the Union!”

Chapter 4: The Beginnings of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, the Influence of

Radio, and the Rise of Gospel Music

Chapter 5: Montgomery: Black Sacred Song in the Modern Civil Rights Movement

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