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Songbooks of Spirituals for Solo Voices

One of the earliest forms of American vocal harmony singing is the tradition of African American spirituals. In the early nineteenth century, African Americans were involved in the Second Awakening. They met in camp meetings and sang without any hymnbook. Spontaneous songs were composed on the spot. They were called spiritual songs and the term sperichil (spiritual) appeared for the first time in the book Slave Songs of The United States. This tradition has grown over the years due in great part to the uplifting and inspiring nature of this wonderful music.