Audio Examples from the Lawrence Gellert Collection

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This item is a set of examples from the collection [United States, North and South Carolina, Georgia, African Americans, 1920s-1930s] collected by Lawrence Gellert. Some content and language may be offensive. The examples have been selected to accompany the monograph, A Sound History: Lawrence Gellert, Black Musical Protest, and White Denial, by Steven Garabedian, published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2020. The larger collection of Lawrence Gellert recordings are described in the IUCAT record ( ). Some of these recordings were made using a primitive recording device and the audio quality is very poor. Titles are taken from those provided in Gellert's notes or have been created based on the song content. Gellert did not document the names of performers for their safety, and that is why the performers for most of these recordings are unknown.
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