PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO CITE YOUR SOURCES.
First, please read the following:
- This essay by historian Nell Irvin Painter examines the psychological aspects of slavery on both blacks and whites, especially children. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4i3084.html
- This entry on slave spirituals: http://spotlightonmusic.macmillanmh.com/%20music/teachers/articles/folk-and-traditional-styles/african-american-spirituals
Then listen to the slave song “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep”
I can’t upload the audio file. So I just put the lyrics in the attached file below.
Answer the following questions.
- From Painter’s essay, discuss the psychological aspects of slave beatings on the “observer.” How does the black “observer” differ from the white “observer”?
- Discuss the various purposes of slave songs. What do the songs tell you about the Underground Railroad? What do you learn about African-American religion from “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep”?