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Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry - by Sandra Jean Graham (Paperback)

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Spirituals performed by jubilee troupes became a sensation in post-Civil War America. First brought to the stage by choral ensembles like the Fisk Jubilee Singers, spirituals anchored a wide range of late nineteenth-century entertainments, including minstrelsy, variety, and plays by both black and white companies. In the first book-length treatment of postbellum spirituals in theatrical entertainments, Sandra Jean Graham mines a trove of resources to chart the spiritual's journey from the private lives of slaves to the concert stage. Graham navigates the conflicting agendas of those who, in adapting spirituals for their own ends, sold conceptions of racial identity to their patrons. In so doing they lay the foundation for a black entertainment industry whose artistic, financial, and cultural practices extended into the twentieth century. A companion website contains jubilee troupe personnel, recordings, and profiles of 85 jubilee groups. Please go to: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/graham/spirituals/
Number of Pages: 330
Genre: Music, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Religious, Ethnic Studies
Series Title: Music in American Life
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
Book theme: African American Studies, Gospel
Author: Sandra Jean Graham
Language: English
Street Date: February 26, 2018
TCIN: 53232306
UPC: 9780252083273
Item Number (DPCI): 248-57-5904
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