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Review of Negro Workaday Songs

Review of Negro Workaday Songs Review of Negro Workaday Songs As a Southern State North Carolina is well known for its unusual educational platform; its State University has also earned for itself an enviable reputation largely because of the work done by its De­ partment of Sociology. In both cases its distinction is due largely to an attitude unique in the South toward the race situation. The co-authors and editors of Negro Workaday Songs are profes­ sors at the University of North Carolina, and their book is the third of a series of similar books in which the results of a sympathetic, detailed, and scientific study of some of the Negro's creative tenden­ cies have been faithfully recorded. The object of this book in the co­ authors' own words js to reveal another "master index of race tem­ perament and portrayal." The volume is for the most part a collec­ tion of secular songs and their source has been the more or less itin­ erant Negro of the class forced to labor at menial tasks- those whose lives have been governed by circumstance and whose ambi­ tion has been the temporary gratification of very natural but very earthly desires. Construction camps, levees, corn and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Review of Negro Workaday Songs

Black Sacred Music , Volume 5 (2) – Sep 1, 1991

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Copyright
Copyright © 1991 by Duke University Press
ISSN
1043-9455
eISSN
2640-9879
DOI
10.1215/10439455-5.2.51
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Abstract

Review of Negro Workaday Songs As a Southern State North Carolina is well known for its unusual educational platform; its State University has also earned for itself an enviable reputation largely because of the work done by its De­ partment of Sociology. In both cases its distinction is due largely to an attitude unique in the South toward the race situation. The co-authors and editors of Negro Workaday Songs are profes­ sors at the University of North Carolina, and their book is the third of a series of similar books in which the results of a sympathetic, detailed, and scientific study of some of the Negro's creative tenden­ cies have been faithfully recorded. The object of this book in the co­ authors' own words js to reveal another "master index of race tem­ perament and portrayal." The volume is for the most part a collec­ tion of secular songs and their source has been the more or less itin­ erant Negro of the class forced to labor at menial tasks- those whose lives have been governed by circumstance and whose ambi­ tion has been the temporary gratification of very natural but very earthly desires. Construction camps, levees, corn and

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1991

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