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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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Andrew Ward does a great job of taking what could be a mundane subject, a tiny piece of what would seem to be insignificant history, and make it interesting and important. The story of the Jubilee Singers is more than just their story, it's a story of blacks and the struggle to lift them out of the plight they had suffered. With the help of the American Missionary Association and Christians sympathetic to the black race, the Jubilee Singers toured the world and introduced the planet to the music ...more
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
The author does a good job of giving the layers of concerns had by the Jubilee singers and the founding leaders of Fisk University. I found the book hard to finish as the details regarding the racism against the group and African Americans in general was clearly explained. I do not understand how people can treat others with such disdain. :-(