What is a Negro Spiritual?

Songs that were created by black slaves in America starting around 1865 that reflected the hardships they were facing, provided hope for the future, and served as messages to each other.

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Commodification 

These songs were never written down or published by their actual creators, white people would hear them and write it down so they could make money from it.

Popular Artists

Fisk Jubilee Singers
Mahalia Jackson
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Golden Gate Quartet
Kathleen Battle

Fast Fact!

In negro spirituals, a word that you will hear often is “freedom” because it is what they all longed for, and it is very interesting to see white singers sing negro spirituals because they do not understand the history and the emotion behind this music