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Title: african american religious music

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Subject: Religion
Date: March 4, 2009
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They also believed that they understood better than anyone what freedom truly meant in both a spiritual and physical sense. The Old Testament characters that the slaves referred to in their songs experienced deliverance by God. The slaves believed that the same God that had granted them spiritual freedom would someday loose the chains of slavery...

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The slaves believed that the same God that had granted them spiritual freedom would someday loose the chains of slavery. The wonderful flexibility of the spirituals allowed for that double meaning of freedom. For example, Frederick Douglass claimed that the line" I am bound for Canaan" in one of the songs he frequently sang meant that he was going North, not just that he would experience the freedom of the promised land in a spiritual sense...

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