MSU-Meridian Publications and Scholarship
Song, Story, or History: Resisting Claims of a Coded Message in the African American Spiritual "Follow the Drinking Gourd"
Traces and challenges the popular claim that African American slaves used specific songs to facilitate their escape to the North and to freedom. Challenges the widespread use of such songs in K-12 education.
MSU-Meridian - Division of Arts and Sciences
coded language, slave narrative, internet, education, underground railroad
"Song, Story, or History: Resisting Claims of a Coded Message in the African American Spiritual 'Follow the Drinking Gourd.'" The Journal of Popular Culture 41.2 (2008): 262-80.