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Indian Removal

The Choctaws were among the first Indian nations removed from the Southeast during the massive removal campaigns of the 1830s.

Black Indians

The adoption of slavery by the Civilized Tribes of the Southeast led to a blurring of racial lines.

Harriet Tubman

According to legend, the song was among her favorites and used to alert slaves that she would be arriving soon to escort them to freedom.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers, ca. 1871

“Swing Low Sweet Chariot” became a part of the choir’s repertoire in 1871.

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