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We Shall Overcome

A Song That Changed the World
Stotts, Stuart (Book Plus CD - 2010)
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We Shall Overcome
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"We Shall Overcome" isn't a complicated piece of music. The first verse has only twenty-two words, most of them repeated. The melody is straightforward. The chords are basic. Yet the song has had a profound effect on people throughout the United States--and the world. In clear, accessible language Stuart Stotts explores the roots of the tune and the lyrics in traditional African music and Christian hymns. He demonstrates the key role "We Shall Overcome" played in the civil rights, labor, and anti-war movements in America. And he traces the song's transformation into an international anthem. With its dramatic stories and memorable quotes, this saga of a famous piece of music offers a unique way of looking at social history. Author's note, bibliography, source notes, index.
Authors: Stotts, Stuart, 1957-
Title: We shall overcome
a song that changed the world
Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, 2010
Characteristics: vii, 72 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm. +,1 sound disc. (4 3/4 in.)
Statement of Responsibility: by Stuart Stotts ; foreword by Pete Seeger ; with illustrations by Terrance Cummings
Contents: Keep your eyes on the prize
Sing when the spirit says sing
There's a meeting here tonight
Which side are you on?
Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom
The welcome table
Peace like a river
I got on my travelin' shoes
Additional Contributors: Cummings, Terrance
ISBN: 9780547182100
0547182104
Branch Call Number: j 782.42162 S8889w 2010
Subject Headings: We shall overcome Juvenile literature Protest songs United States History and criticism Juvenile literature Music Political aspects United States History Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Protest songs
Music
LCCN: 2009022578
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"We Shall Overcome" isn't a complicated piece of music, yet the song has had a profound effect on people throughout the United States--and the world. With its dramatic stories and memorable quotes, this saga of a famous piece of music offers a unique way of looking at social history.


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