History Detectives

Slave Songbook

Clip | 17m 30s

This small, cloth-bound book, titled Slave Songs of the United States, has a publication date of 1867 and contains a collection of 136 plantation songs. History Detectives explores the coded messages and the melodies that laid the foundation of modern blues, gospel and protest songs of future generations.

Aired: 02/22/09

Rating: TV-G

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