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Compare and contrast Anglo-American hymns and African-Americ

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Spiritual Music
During the pre-civil war era, Spiritual music was the most common form of communication for the slaves in the U.S. The music was also used as a way to convey messages and stories to other slaves.
African-American spirituals and Anglo-American hymns served the same purpose
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To send a message and serve a higher power.
Social significance and Relevance
Lyrics and Musical Characterisitcs
African American spirituals music also inspired the
minstrel shows, blues, the ragtime, and tango
.African Americans of colonial era defined music as an independent folk song, born of the union of African tradition and American socio-religious elements
Anglo- American Hymns, Gospel music and praised God
Compare and contrast Anglo-American hymns and African-American spirituals
Great Gettin' UpMornin

In comparison to African-American spirituals, the Anglo-American Hymns were inspired by African American spirituals. Anglo-American traditional music, in colonial times, included a variety of broadside ballads, humorous stories and tall tales, and disaster songs regarding mining, shipwrecks (especially in New England) and murder. Folk heroes like Joe Magarac, John Henry and Jesse James are also part of many songs.
The verse-and-refrain form as well as the themes of the Bible-story lyrics of many hymns fit well and were easily adapted to serve as a means to educate, communicate news or gossip, comfort mind and body, reprimand, tell a story, or give a coded signal.
In comparison to African-American spirituals, the Anglo-American Hymns were inspired by African American spirituals. Anglo-American traditional music, in colonial times, included a variety of broadside ballads, humorous stories and tall tales, and disaster songs regarding mining, shipwrecks (especially in New England) and murder. Folk heroes like Joe Magarac, John Henry and Jesse James are also part of many songs.
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Comparison
African American Spirituals originated during colonial times. African American spirituals thought music and dance were sinful. However, the African American spirituals were serene and filled with emotion. For example, the lyrics of the song "Great Gettin' UpMornin" was penned so beautifully that it looked as though singing that song was like asking the slaves where their journey was taking them if they were trying to escape.
Conclusion
The Anthology of American Folk Music was to have a profound influence on the way Americans identified themselves, historically and culturally. It fostered the folk music boom of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as providing material and inspiration to artists. It fuelled the protest movement, and artists like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Pete Seeger drew on its deep resources. On the other hand, Anglo-American music is an indication of its continuing power to move, to inspire, and to give meaning to the real lives of real people.
Bibliography
http://spotlightonmusic.macmillanmh.com/n/teachers/articles/folk-and-traditional-styles/anglo-american-folk-music
Cone, James. The spirituals and The Blues. New York: Orbis Books, 1972.

Epstein, Dena. Sinful Tunes & Spirituals: Black Folk Music to the Civil War. University of Illinois Press, 2003.

McGraw-Hill."African American Spirituals." McGraw-Hill Companies (2004): 1. Internet.

Ramsey, Frederic. Been Here and Gone. University of Georgia Press 2000,
Kroeger, Karl and Marie.

An Index to Anglo American Psalmody in Modern Critical Editions. A-R Edition, 2000
Blumhofer, Edith Waldvogel. Her Heart Can See : The Life And Hymns Of Fanny J. Crosby. n.p.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2005.Book Index with Reviews.Web. 10 Nov. 2013.


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ibliography
Cone, James. The spirituals and The Blues.
New York: Orbis Books, 1972.

Epstein, Dena. Sinful Tunes & Spirituals:
Black Folk Music to the Civil War. University of Illinois Press, 2003.

McGraw-Hill."African American Spirituals."
McGraw-Hill Companies (2004): 1. Internet.

Ramsey, Frederic. Been Here and Gone.
University of Georgia Press 2000,
Kroeger, Karl and Marie.

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