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Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943$
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Lawrence Schenbeck

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032295

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032295.001.0001

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James Monroe Trotter and His Forebears

James Monroe Trotter and His Forebears

(p.15) Chapter 1 James Monroe Trotter and His Forebears
Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943

Lawrence Schenbeck

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the rise of the Negro spirituals and the career and the racial-uplift coding of James Monroe Trotter’s book Music and Some Highly Musical People (1878). White Americans first encountered the African American spirituality through music that expressed African American sorrow over their predicament of being slaves. Trotter’s book gave the first comprehensive history of black music in America, focusing on several musicians such as the Georgia Minstrels, Justin Holland, and the Luca Family.

Keywords:   black music, African American spirituality, African American, White Americans, Georgia Minstrels, Justin Holland, Luca Family

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