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The Spirituals and the Blues

The Spirituals and the Blues Book Reviews BS In his treatment of the inclusivity of official hymnals of Euro­ American denominations, Spencer overlooks the contributions of African Americans whose struggles for self-identity and self-deter­ mination have resulted in significant leadership in preparing recent denominational hymnals such as The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) . He also fails to include hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs from African American traditions in these hymnals. Nevertheless, the availability of Black Hymnody will perhaps fa­ cilitate the struggle for unity in the body of Christ by its affirmation of a hymnological history that has been continuous since the estab­ lishment of African American denominations. This book will ap ­ peal to all students of African American liturgical music, and it will provide additional data for hymnologists who have overlooked the published hymn traditions of African Americans. Melva Wil son Co sten James H. Cone. The Spirituals and the Blues. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1991. 141 pp. This is a reprint of a book published in 1972 that fittingly stayed in print for more than a decade under the Seabury Press imprint. At the time Cone wrote, he was beginning his academic career at the height of the black consciousness movement. It http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

The Spirituals and the Blues

Black Sacred Music , Volume 7 (1) – Mar 1, 1993

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Copyright © 1993 by Duke University Press
ISSN
1043-9455
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2640-9879
DOI
10.1215/10439455-7.1.85
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Abstract

Book Reviews BS In his treatment of the inclusivity of official hymnals of Euro­ American denominations, Spencer overlooks the contributions of African Americans whose struggles for self-identity and self-deter­ mination have resulted in significant leadership in preparing recent denominational hymnals such as The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) . He also fails to include hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs from African American traditions in these hymnals. Nevertheless, the availability of Black Hymnody will perhaps fa­ cilitate the struggle for unity in the body of Christ by its affirmation of a hymnological history that has been continuous since the estab­ lishment of African American denominations. This book will ap ­ peal to all students of African American liturgical music, and it will provide additional data for hymnologists who have overlooked the published hymn traditions of African Americans. Melva Wil son Co sten James H. Cone. The Spirituals and the Blues. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1991. 141 pp. This is a reprint of a book published in 1972 that fittingly stayed in print for more than a decade under the Seabury Press imprint. At the time Cone wrote, he was beginning his academic career at the height of the black consciousness movement. It

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