Go Down Moses Allusion

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“Go Down, Moses” was originally sung by people in slavery in America. The meaning of the Moses-Exodus story was very special to the first singers of this song. To the first singers of the song, it meant that there is danger somewhere near. “Israel” represents the slaves while “Egypt” and “Pharaoh" represent the slavemaster. Going “down” converges with the concept of “down the river,” where the conditions are much worse. While Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt, Harriet Tubman led the slaves to freedom.
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