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Alan Lomax
Association for Cultural Equity
November 12, 1947

A collection of songs recorded at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1947. The best single document of the African American work song and field holler tradition.

Alan Lomax
Association for Cultural Equity
February 9, 1948

The Lomaxes and other collectors of their time (and also decades later) found some of the most powerful vernacular music of the American South in the region’s oppressive and violent prison system.D