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Legacy and Meaning in the Changing Sacred Harp Tradition of the Okefenokee Region

Laurie K. Sommers

in The Florida Folklife Reader

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031403
eISBN:
9781617031427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031403.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

In 1958, a small group of Sacred Harp singers from Hoboken, Georgia, attended the Florida Folk Festival in the north-central Florida community of White Springs. Led by school teacher Silas Lee, the ... More


Onto Sand Mountain, Into Sacred Harp Community

in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!: Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226109589
eISBN:
9780226109633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is the Sacred Harp choral singers in the United States. The book investigates how Sacred Harp groups managed to maintain a sense of community ... More


Belief into Organization

in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!: Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226109589
eISBN:
9780226109633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter, which examines how the beliefs and ideals of the individual members influenced the behaviors and organizational forms of Sacred Harp communities in the United States, identifies the key ... More


Going Hollywood

in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!: Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226109589
eISBN:
9780226109633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the effects of the inclusion of two Sacred Harp songs in the film Cold Mountain, an event which it suggests never changed the fundamental practices of Sacred Harp singing more ... More


The South: Family and Community

in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!: Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226109589
eISBN:
9780226109633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter descries the Sacred Harp groups in Holly Springs, Georgia and in Liberty in Sand Mountain, Alabama. It explains that although Holly Springs represents the iconic center of the Sacred ... More


The North: Tradition, Complications, and Change

in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!: Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226109589
eISBN:
9780226109633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines Sacred Harp groups in Chicago, Illinois, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota. It explains that many northern Sacred Harp groups were formed out of performing groups or folk ... More


Creating National Community

in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!: Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226109589
eISBN:
9780226109633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter, which examines how local practices and traditions are adapted to form a nationwide Sacred Harp community in the United States, analyzes large singing conventions where the norms of ... More


“On the Way to Glory”: The Shape-Note Tradition

Jerrilyn McGregory

in Downhome Gospel: African American Spiritual Activism in Wiregrass Country

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737820
eISBN:
9781604737837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737820.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the shape-note tradition, which is considered to be one of the most obscure forms of sacred music still practiced by African Americans. It traces how Sacred Harp music entered ... More


Downhome Gospel: African American Spiritual Activism in Wiregrass Country

Jerrilyn McGregory

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737820
eISBN:
9781604737837
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737820.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book explores sacred music and spiritual activism in a little-known region of the South, the Wiregrass Country of Georgia, Alabama, and North Florida. It examines African American sacred music ... More


Conclusion

in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!: Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226109589
eISBN:
9780226109633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about Sacred Harp communities in the United States. The analysis indicates that most singers participate in Sacred Harp groups because of the music ... More


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