Spirituals- By: Erin Alford and Deja Cabiness

A spiritual is a form of religious music of African Americans during slavery. Spirituals were the earliest form of religious music developed among African Americans. Often mistaken as a combination of European hymns, Spirituals were not hymns. The defining structure of a spiritual was call and response. Call and response is a song structure in which a singer or instrumentalist makes a musical statement that is answered by another soloist, instrumentalist, or the group. Call and response is ubiquitous in the regions of West and Central Africa from which the slave population originated.

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Ragtime – Erin Alford

Ragtime music came into existence way before music had a name.  It is a performance style that accompanies popular song, dance, and instrumental music. It

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Erin Alford’s IME

Hi, my name is Erin Alford. I am a sophomore, political science major from Atlanta, Georgia. Following my grandmother and mother, I am the third

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Musical Theater: Minstrel Shows

The Minstrel Show was an American form of entertainment developed in the early 19th century. The full-length theatrical entertainment featured performers in blackface who performed

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