Enslaved people had almost no control over their own lives. They worked from sunup to sundown, often with little food or proper clothing. They were frequently beaten or mistreated, and their own families could be taken from them.
Complaining about their situation could land them a whipping. Yet, they found ways to find comfort and express themselves. One of those ways was through music.
Questions and Answers
Question: Are these songs still sung today?
Answer: Yes, songs like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” are still sung today, especially in traditional African American congregations. These songs also influenced gospel music, jazz, and even rap and hip-hop.
Watch a jazzed-up version of “Go Down Moses,” sung by the famous jazz singer, Louis Armstrong.
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