This book delves into the story of how Afro-American spiritual was hammered out. Author John Lovell, Jr. goes into great detail of how the African influence catapulted American folklore, and the origin of American popular music. It also takes into consideration the diverse ethnic groups that came to the Americas and Caribbean from the African continent, also how that influenced African American music.
If a folk song ever grew to epic stature, it is the American Negro spiritual. The thousands of Black creators and irrepressible groups who picked up the songs and kept them alive and moving were certainly perpetually busy. They were spread all over the slave land for hundreds of years. The few thousands songs extent are thus hardly more than a tiny fraction of the total output.