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American Music - 1800's

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Black History and Blacks in U.S. History


American Music - 1800's
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.24

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    ragtime, recombined, best-known, refrain, popularity, well-known, worldwide, various, classical, jazz, well-recognized, musical, slavery, music, gain, stage
     content words:    African Americans, African American, United States, Down Moses, Sweet Chariot, Harry Thacker Burleigh, Marian Anderson, Bessie Smith, Scott Joplin, Maple Leaf Rag


American Music - 1800's
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     American music, in most of its various forms, can be traced back to the music of the earliest African Americans. Even though these Americans came here under the worst of circumstances, they still brought with them traditions and developed new traditions of their own that have grown into what is recognized around the world today as American music.
 
2     Musicians, like other artists, are usually quick to give credit where credit is due. Just as a writer quotes his sources, a musician credits those musicians who inspired him. In the case of the early African Americans, that is not always easy. Many of the slaves who brought musical traditions from Africa will never be known by name. No one wrote their history. Many of the slaves who sang work songs in the fields will never be known by name. No one wrote their history either.
 
3     However, there is a lot that we do know.

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