Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||African American slaves|
|Context||Slaves had long created songs that they sang while working.|
|Purpose||To pass the time and to make (often covert) political statements|
For generations before the Civil War broke out, African American slaves used repetitive work songs to make the day seem shorter, and to express resentment toward slavery and masters. They drew on that tradition in creating new songs to sing together during the war. "Many Thousand Go" was one of those songs.