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Various Artists, Wade in the Water, Vol. 1: African-American Spirituals (1994)

Pick up this moving collection of early African-American spirituals performed with power and love by choirs from Florida A&M and Howard University as well as the internationally acclaimed Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Soundtrack, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1998)

Listen to one stage adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's best-selling 1852 abolitionist novel.

Various Artists, Afro-American Spirituals, Work Songs, and Ballads (1998)

The Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture presents this collection of field recordings collected by John and Alan Lomax during their travels through the American South in the 1930s. It's a treasure of early American music history and a must listen for any fan of jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, or soul.

Negro Work Songs & Calls (1999)

Another fantastic piece of history presented by the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture. The father-son team of John and Adam Lomax compiled nineteen recordings of field work songs and calls during their travels through the American South in the 1930s. Like the Lomax compilation of Afro-American spirituals and ballads, this disc is a treasure of early American music history and a must listen for any fan of jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, or soul.

Fisk Jubilee Singers, In Bright Mansions (2003)

Savor eighteen unforgettable performances by the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, a group of African-American musicians who have worked tirelessly to preserve the rich history of slave songs.

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