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Black American History in Ballad, Song & Prose

Various Artists
Black American History in Ballad, Song & Prose

Performed by Langston Hughes, Ossie Davis, Jean Brannon, W.E.B. DuBois, and Pete Seeger, this collection of spoken word, oral history, speech and song represents a comprehensive sociopolitical history of black America. Beginning with America’s rediscovery in 1492 and Columbus’s supposedly black pilot, Pedro Alonso Niño, the collection covers the colonial period, the slave experience, the Civil war, notable African-American women, nineteenth-century black intellectuals, the Jim Crow years and the struggle for civil rights, ending with the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Track Listing

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Blacks with the Spanish Explorers Langston Hughes 2:07
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Black Valor Jean Marilyn Brannon 3:11
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Black Sailors Jean Marilyn Brannon 1:37
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Black Archives Clark Morgan 1:50
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Ballad of Benjamin Banneker Langston Hughes 2:44
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African Chants/Oh Freedom Hermes Nye 5:35
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107
Go Down Moses/John Brown's Body/Legacy Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 3:42
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108
Election of Lincoln/Lincoln and Libery Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 2:04
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Secession of the South/Bonnie Blue Flag Ossie Davis 2:34
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Civil War Ossie Davis 2:50
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Emancipation Proclamation Ossie Davis 1:35
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Negro Troops Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 1:49
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In Charleston Jail/Douglass Meets Lincoln Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 4:51
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Death of Lincoln/Freedom and Equality Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 4:21
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Old Rebel/14th and 15th Amendments Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 5:05
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Ballad of Sojourner Truth Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 4:00
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Ballad of Harriet Tubman Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 2:50
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Francis Watkins Harper Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 2:29
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Ida B. Wells Barnett Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 2:13
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Eleanor Holmes Norton Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 3:49
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Shirley Chisholm Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 2:59
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Ballad of Frederick Douglass Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 3:49
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Booker T Washington/George Washington Carver Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 5:42
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Let's Move It/W.E.B. DuBois Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 3:48
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If We Must Die Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 1:35
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Ballad of the Deacons Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 5:42
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The Negro Voter/The State of Arkansas Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 1:54
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President Kennedy's Press Conference Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 1:07
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Rev. Ralph Abernathy Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 2:17
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Martin Luther King/Ballad of Dr. King/We Shall Overcome Hermes Nye and Ossie Davis 13:41
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