I used to go, every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., to choir rehearsal and, while there I would sing praises to God along with other choir members, It never appealed to anyone to ask about the origin of these songs and how Gospel music came to us. We just sang what we were taught to sing. Well, one day while in choir rehearsal, I decided to ask about the origin of Gospel music. My choir director shouted, “It comes from black folks’ soul.” After he said this, I decided to research more about the origin of Gospel music and found out that African Americans started it and that it is then a music that African Americans feel, experience and sing. When African Americans sing Gospel music, it comes from deep within. It comes from the soul and from experience. It is thus, this experience of Gospel music by African Americans that I will discuss
I did not understand the meaning of the lyrics being sung, or better yet screamed. The rhythms and melodies’ did not come across as pleasing as Disney songs, and they definitely did not carry my imagination to an enchanted world. During my youth, Gospel music was something I became a fan of, only because of the fact that I looked up to my grandma; I wanted to be just like my grandma and becoming a fan of Gospel music made me feel as if I was closer to being just like her. I was a big fan of the music my mom listened to: country and pop. It was something that brought my mother and I together.
Detaching from slavery through their diverse cultural foundations allowed for them to be able to connect with other slaves and hold onto their humanity. The assembly among slaves kept the diversity between slave and master. After a long day of being beaten and working under extreme conditions slaves found a way to disconnect from their danger. They used songs to get through a tough work day out in the fields. By singing they would connect with other slaves and find a way to make a terrible situation better.
These abolitionists went to great lengths to try and put an end to slavery and free as many slaves as they can through the underground railroad. This was a network of abolitionists, from all races, genders and occupations, who helped enslaved people escape from the South to the North and Canada to be free. Freeing slaves was a very bold and dangerous thing to do, because technically, it was stealing ‘property’. In order to avoid getting arrested, they used complex signals and hiding spots. For example, this ‘underground railroad’ was not really underground and it didn’t really have tracks.
The Abolitionist Movement was a movement that was against slavery. The Abolitionist Movement is trying to address the problem which is that slavery needs to end immediately and give freedom to all the slaves. To do this, the public's opinion must change about slavery. People thought slavery was okay. In the 1800s, there were about 893,602 slaves in the United States.
Their had to be a way to help the slaves escape their suffering! The Quaker abolitionists and other religious groups formed a network of routes to help slaves escape from the southern states. It was harriet tubman who had a primary role in organizing a network which became known as the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a rebellion.
During the Age of Reform in New Jersey, the African Methodist Episcopal Church as well as black and white citizens established an unofficial Underground Railroad to facilitate fugitives with escape routes and safe houses (Thesis). During the time period before the Civil War, tensions were rising between abolitionists and slave owners. The free African-American community, whether it’s Quakers, or members of the AME Church, wanted to end slavery and help slaves escape from their cruel and abusive masters. Some members of the white community were also against slavery, including Quakers and other Christian religious groups. Doctor John Grimes and the Grimes family were Quakers and active members of the anti-slavery movement.
There was a huge movement doing the slavery and Frederick Douglas led the free blacks. William Lloyd Garrison led the white supporter. Harriette Beecher Stowe was the radical newspaper and he said that slaveholding was a sin. There was an underground railroad and most of it was for faster transportation. There was about 40,000 to 100,000 slaves that were found doing the slavery.
The abolition movement can be traced back to early colonial times. One of the earliest to protest the slave trade was the religious group, the Quakers. The Quakers fought hard to abolish slavery because it went against their religious belief in equality. In 1868, a group of Quakers ventured to Germantown, Pennsylvania to petition “the traffick of men-body.” The Quakers also played a
“I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves” , this quote was said by Harriet Tubman, the leader of the underground railroad, she freed some of the slaves, which caused the Southern states to resent the North. The Underground Railroad was a network of safe houses and secret routes, led by Harriet Tubman and a vast number of other people. 19th century enslaved people used the Underground Railroad to free themselves and others from slavery. The slaves went to the Free states and Canada, the Underground Railroad only worked at night, the slaves would move from “station” to “station”, meaning they'd move from safe house to safe house, most of the time it was difficult because of slave catchers
Allen Dwight Callahan’s The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible connects biblical stories and images to the politics, music and, religion, the book shows how important the Bible is to black culture. African Americans first came to know the Bible because of slavery and at that time the religious groups would read it to them instead of teaching them by letting them encounter it for themselves. Later the Bibles stories became the source of spirituals and songs, and after the Civil War motivation for learning to read. Allen Callahan traces the Bible culture that developed during and following enslavement. He identifies the most important biblical images for African Americans, Exile, Exodus, Ethiopia, and Emmanuel and discusses their recurrence and the relationship they have with African Americans and African American culture.
The people from Africa were generally part of early American history; however, Africans had experience slavery under better conditions compared to the conditions imposed by other civilized society. From the Egyptian Empire to the Empire of Songhai, slavery was practice for the betterment of their society, however, foreigners invaded these regions and took their slave, their ports and impose these people to a life of servitude in the Caribbean islands and in the English’s colonies. Furthermore, the African American slaves were an active agent of society in the earliest period of American history; they have brought new religious practices to their community; for instance, they constructed networks of communities; they had fought in war alongside