2020 Workers Unite Film Festival

Songs of Slavery and Emancipation

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The history and rediscovery of songs written and sung by both abolitionists and enslaved peoples throughout the 1800's. In discovering these songs, we unearth a neglected history of North American slave dissension and abolitionist action. The question of why these songs and ideas were left to fade into history is addressed by historians, musicians, and activists. Ultimately we are left to consider the strikingly contemporary content of these nearly 200 year old songs.


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  • Runtime
    50 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Mat Callahan, Yvonne Moore, Joe Johnson