American Slave Narrative Analysis

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At first glance, American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology appears to simply be a database; bland background, nothing special marking the webpage, just a simple list of narratives listed in alphabetical order. The webpage has thirteen listings, each one a link to a page which contains someone’s story. The online anthology was last updated in November of 1998, and it’s clear to see that it hasn’t undergone any changes in the last seventeen years. However, looks can be very deceiving. Though this website doesn’t offer vast collections of stories, filled to the brim with adventure, deceit, or triumph over the “corruption of white society”, it contributes the stories of everyday people. The men and women whose stories are depicted didn’t…show more content…
Crockett believed that the most important thing she should share was a hymn that inspired her. The hymn Crockett sung for the interviewer was from the New Prophet Church and is similar to some of the other spirituals we have read about in class. Out of all the spirituals we read, God’s a-Gonna Trouble the Water was the most similar to Crockett’s song, showing much repetition of one or two lines with very little rhyming involved, but centering around a biblical theme. The differences are made very clear though by the words of the song. While God’s a-Gonna Trouble the Water has very mournful tone and almost appears to be trying to give the slaves hope that, someday, God will help them, Crockett’s New Prophet Church hymn has a far happier feel and seems as though the weight has been lifted off of the African American’s shoulders. Crockett’s hymn may not be the kind of spiritual that we normally read in class, full of repression and underlying hatred, but it shows that even though times may be changing, there is still hope found in the vernacular tradition. Music can be used to inspire emotions in others that mere words could never accomplish, and a person 's favorite song can say more about them than any narrative. Crockett’s song showed that her “Soul so happy till I kain
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