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“Come Go with Me”

“Come Go with Me”

Liberation Songs

Chapter:
(p.3) Chapter 1 “Come Go with Me”
Source:
Downhome Gospel
Author(s):
Jerrilyn McGregory
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737820.003.0001

This chapter describes the Wiregrass County as a southern region. It explains the role of African Americans in the American Indian Wars and explores how their presence disrupted certain stereotypes regarding southern history. The chapter highlights the distinction of Wiregrass County as a southern locale with prosperous African American landowners. It also considers the importance of the Twentieth of May in providing the primary context in which African Americans gather to sing and pass down local history in the spirit of celebration.

Keywords:   Wiregrass County, southern region, African Americans, American Indian Wars, Twentieth of May, local history

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