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1 ARMSTRONG, Mrs. M. F. and Helen W. Ludlow HAMPTON AND ITS STUDENTS. By Two of its Teachers. With Fifty Cabin and Plantation Songs.
New-York G. P. Putnam's Sons 1874 Hardcover 
First edition. 8vo.; 255, (1) pp., in original publisher's terra-cotta cloth, embossed in blind with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. With a folding frontis-illustration of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute and 15 additional illustrations. Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, (later Hampton Institute, and now Hampton University) was founded in Virginia at the close of the Civil War for the training of black educators, (among them Booker T Washington). In addition, the Institute emphasized self-improvement and job training as craftsmen or industrial workers--equally for males and females. Includes a context for the foundation of the school, a description of its facilities, interviews with residents and anecdotal stories of life there. Also, 84 pp. + index of notated "Slave Music of the South," "which is rapidly passing away... freedmen have an unfortunate inclination to despise it, as a vestige of slavery; those who learned it in the old time, when it was a natural outpouring of their sorrows and longings, are dying off, and if efforts are not made for its preservation, the country will soon have lost this wonderful music of bondage." Songs include: Swing low, sweet Chariot; Run, Mary, Run; Bright Sparkles in de Churchyard; Some o' dese Mornin's; Dust an' Ashes, &c, &c. Covers a little soiled and ends of spine and tips a bit rubbed; frontis and title page with a little light spotting, and a few small closed tears at edges of a few pages. A contemporary record of the efforts of concerned citizens to ease the transition of the newly freed slave population into self-supporting, independent citizens through education, and a very early effort at the collection and documentation of the songs of the Southern slave population. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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