Negro religious songs have been generally accepted as the distinctive music of the race. These songs were dubbed spirituals. Interchangeably called jubilee, minstrel, religious, slave or folk songs, spirituals covered a diverse span of religious and secular subjects. These Negro religious songs contained a lyrical quality and dealt with a variety of emotions, such as joy, happiness, and sorrow. The songs were termed spirituals because of the relationship between the type of song and the Holy Spirit. All of the types fell into a broad definition as documented in Websters Dictionary: of the spirit or the soul, often in religious or moral aspect, as distinguished from the body;… concerned with intellect… showing much refinement of thought and feeling; spiritualistic or supernatural: a spiritual thing or concern…….Download booklet
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