Tag Archives: slavery

Marching Song of the First Arkansas (Negro) Regiment

TITLE: Marching Song of the First Arkansas (Negro) Regiment AUTHOR: Words: Capt. Lindley Miller? CATEGORY: KEYWORDS: Civil War, battle, Black(s), slavery, freedom, soldier, derivative EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1960 Songs of the Civil War (Irwin Silber) Dover Publications 1995, original 1960); also, a nineteenth century broadside is listed on p. 147 of Edwin Wolf 2nd, _American Song Sheets, Slip read more »

John Brown’s Body

TITLE: John Brown’s Body AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Civil War, Black(s), death, execution, memorial, burial, rebellion, slavery EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1861 (Huntington) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: The song, as we know it today, is about John Brown, the Baptist preacher and radical abolitionist who, with 20 others (fifteen of them, including Brown’s three sons, read more »

Prayer of the Abolitionist (The Abolitionist Hymn)

TITLE: Prayer of the Abolitionist (The Abolitionist Hymn) AUTHOR: John Pierpont, tune: “Old 100th,” Genevan Psalter 1551 CATEGORY: author known, public domain KEYWORDS: slavery, anti-slavery, Civil War EARLIEST DATE: poem written by Pierpont in 1842 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: During the years just before the American Civil War when the tension between the North and South was growing, both white read more »

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

TITLE: Swing Low Sweet Chariot AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: traditional, public domain but perhaps authored by former slave Wallace Wallis KEYWORDS: religious, nonballad, slavery, floatingverses EARLIEST DATE: 1872 (publ. in Theodore B. Seward, “Jubilee Songs, as Sung by the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University”) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Slavery in the United States The Fisk Jubilee Singers are read more »