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GUEST,Q African American Secular Folk Songs (149* d) RE: African American Secular Folk Songs 17 May 05


Your comments that spirituals such as "Get on Board," "Gospel Train," etc. could in some way be related to the Underground Railroad may not be sheer fancy. Many thousands were assisted to freedom by railroads functioning as part of the passage to freedom. I named a few of the 'conductors' in thread 17760, post of 13 Apr. 05. Origins
The songs would not be coded 'direction' songs, but songs that discussed obliquely escape from slavery.

The current Thread 81241, Follow the Drinkin' Gourd, contains my reservations about that song. Drinkin' Gourd


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