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Slave Culture and the Development of Black Popular Culture

The concepts of slavery and culture represent antithetical ways of engaging in social intercourse and dialogue, yet it was under the conditions of slavery in the United States that what we call “Black popular culture” began. The best examples of Black popular, or “folk” culture, are forms that grew as Africans integrated elements brought from different regions and cultural groups into a greater form than its parent cultures operating separately. This entry describes the development of early musical forms in the formation of African American popular culture.

Ring Shouts: Musical Catharsis and Protest

The words slave and culture operate according to different constructs. To be a slave means to be under the total control of someone other than self, while culture is the ...

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