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Spring 2021 Music UN3117 section 001
Singing Against Slavery: Five Centuries
Singing Against Slavery

Call Number 17696
Day & Time
MW 10:10am-11:25am
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Julia M Hamilton
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description From the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, African and African-descended people were systematically forced into a cruel system of slavery. Under such extreme circumstances, how did people use music to resist their enslavement? How did their allies, both black and white, use music to mobilize the antislavery movement? And how have musicians used the rhetoric of antislavery to resist slavery’s legacies from 1865 to today? This course takes a chronological approach to these questions, tracing shifting strategies of musical resistance to slavery before, during, and after the Anglo-American antislavery movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We will cover a wide range of musical genres, including street ballads, spirituals, operas, and protest songs, as well as written sources such as travel accounts, runaway slave advertisements, and slave narratives. The course takes an inclusive approach to the antislavery movement, paying special attention to the voices of free and enslaved black people as well as women, white and black, who worked to fight slavery. Completion of Masterpieces of Western Music is preferred, though not required.
Web Site Vergil
Department Music
Enrollment 10 students (15 max) as of 9:12PM Monday, November 29, 2021
Subject Music
Number UN3117
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20211MUSI3117V001

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