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Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Jubilee Singers, Who Introduced the World to the Music of Black America
by Andrew Ward
The Jubilee Singers were nine former slaves, many of them in their teens, who set off from Nashville in the fall of 1871 to save Fisk University from collapse. For months they worked the old Underground Railway's network of abolitionist congregations, raising barely enough money to survive. They finally made it to New York City, where, under the sponsorship of Henry Ward B...more
Hardcover, 493 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Even though it can get a bit boggy with detail in spots, this is a book well worth reading. I was totally unfamiliar with the "Jubilee Singers" and knew little about Fisk University in Nashville. Their true story takes place soon after the civil war and provides a fascinating picture of the period. The author does an excellent job of giving the reader a well-rounded picture of the lives of the individuals involved both white and black. The book is not only pertinent for its history but also has...more