Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

by Sandra Jean Graham

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252083273
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 02/26/2018
Series: Music in American Life Series
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 546,340
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Sandra Jean Graham is an associate professor of music at Babson College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 The Folk Spiritual 1

Part 1 The Rise of a Jubilee Industry

2 The Jubilee Singers of Fisk University 17

3 The Fisk Concert Spiritual 48

4 Innovators, Imitators, and a Jubilee Industry 82

Part 2 Spirituals for the Masses

5 The Minstrel Show Gets Religion 125

6 Commercial Spirituals 144

7 Spirituals in Uncle Tom Shows, Melodramas, and Spectacles 183

8 Blurring Boundaries between Traditional and Commercial 224

Conclusion: Lessons and Legacies 249

Notes 265

Bibliography 301

Index 313

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