Lift Every Voice traces the roots of black music in Africa and slavery and its evolution in the United States from the end of slavery to the present day. The music's creators, consumers, and distributors are all part of the story. Musical genres such as spirituals, ragtime, the blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock, soul, and hip-hop-as well as black contributions to classical, country, and other American music forms-depict the continuities and innovations that mark both the music and the history of African Americans. A rich selection of documents helps to define the place of music within African American communities and the nation as a whole.
Burton W. Peretti is professor of history at Western Connecticut State University and author of Jazz in American Culture.
Chapter 1: From West Africa to Slavery Chapter 2: Jubilee and Tin Pan Alley: Contrasting Sounds of Freedom Chapter 3: The Rise of Ragtime and the Blues Chapter 4: The Rise of Jazz, 1915-1935 Chapter 5: Jazz at the Philharmonic: The Jazz Avant-Garde and Black Classical Expression Chapter 6: Gospel, Freedom Songs, and the Struggle for Equality Chapter 7: Black Popular Music as Big Business Documents Bibliographic Essay