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Downhome Gospel – African American Spiritual Activism in Wiregrass Country - University Press of Mississippi
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Downhome Gospel: African American Spiritual Activism in Wiregrass Country

Jerrilyn McGregory


This book explores sacred music and spiritual activism in a little-known region of the South, the Wiregrass Country of Georgia, Alabama, and North Florida. It examines African American sacred music outside of Sunday church-related activities, showing that singing conventions and anniversary programs fortify spiritual as well as social needs. In this region African Americans maintain a social world of their own creation. Their cultural performances embrace some of the most pervasive forms of African American sacred music—spirituals, common meter, Sacred Harp, shape-note, traditional, and contem ... More

Keywords: sacred music, spiritual activism, Wiregrass Country, Georgia, Alabama, North Florida, African Americans, Sacred Harp

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737820
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerrilyn McGregory, author