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    Nothing but Love in God's Water: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement - Robert F. Darden
    Call Number: ML 3556 .D33 2014
    ISBN: 9780271050843
    Publication Date: 2014-10-24
    The first of two volumes chronicling the history and role of music in the African American experience, Nothing but Love in God's Water explores how songs and singers helped African Americans challenge and overcome slavery, subjugation, and suppression.

    From the spirituals of southern fields and the ringing chords of black gospel to the protest songs that changed the landscape of labor and the cadences sung before dogs and water cannons in Birmingham, sacred song has stood center stage in the African American drama. Myriad interviews, one-of-a-kind sources, and rare or lost recordings are used to examine this enormously persuasive facet of the movement.

    Nothing but Love in God's Water explains the historical significance of song and helps us understand how music enabled the civil rights movement to challenge the most powerful nation on the planet.

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    Soul Searching: Black-Themed Cinema from the March on Washington to the Rise of Blaxploitation - Christopher Sieving
    Call Number: PN 1995.9 .N4 S54 2011
    ISBN: 9780819571335
    Publication Date: 2011-05-02
    The sixties were a tremendously important time of transition for both civil rights activism and the U.S. film industry. Soul Searching examines a subject that, despite its significance to African American film history, has gone largely unexplored until now. By revisiting films produced between the march on Washington in 1963 and the dawn of the "blaxploitation" movie cycle in 1970, Christopher Sieving reveals how race relations influenced black-themed cinema before it was recognized as commercially viable by the major studios.

    The films that are central to this book--"Gone Are the Days" (1963), "The Cool World" (1964), "The Confessions of Nat Turner" (never produced), "Uptight" (1968), and "The Landlord" (1970)--are all ripe for reevaluation and newfound appreciation. Soul Searching is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics and cultural movements of the 1960s, cinematic trends like blaxploitation and the American "indie film" explosion, or black experience and its many facets.

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