Enslaved Folk Spirituals During The Great Awakening

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Enslaved peoples owned by Christians in Colonial North America were forbidden to practice any religion but Christianity. During the “Great Awakening,” Africans were exposed to stories from the Bible and they began to see parallels to their own experiences. Folk spirituals grew out of the experiences of enslaved peoples beginning in the American Colonies during the 1600’s. Slaves brought the call-and-response format with them and utilized it in the new world. Lyrics of these folk spirituals reflected the lives and hard conditions of slavery. Slaves also used spirituals as a way to communicate with one another without the master knowing. Since demographically, more African-Americans lived in the southern colonies, folk spirituals flourished in
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