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Wade in the Water
by Harriet Tubman
Resources about Wade in the Water1. “Wade in the Water.” City of Owen Sound. 2004. Web. 14 June 2007.
This website looks at the history of slavery in America. Harriet Tubman sang “Wade in the Water” as a warning to runaway slaves. The song told escaping slaves to abandon their path and move to the water. By traveling along the water, slaves threw chasing dogs and their owners off their scent. Lyrics made up an important part of American slavery literature. Slaves looked to music as a way to escape the harsh realities of life. Not only did the songs provide spirituality and culture, but secret meanings that guided slaves during their escapes. This song proves the determination and bravery of slaves as they risked their lives to escape. This song also shows the strong sense of family between slaves as they risked their lives for one another. This website is sponsored by the Black History Project in the city of Owen Sound.
2. Jones, Arthur. "Wade in the Water: the Wisdom of the ..." Google Books. Google. Web. 02 July 2010.
This google book talks about how Harriet Tubman used "Wade in the Water" as a song to get out of the South. It was help to inspire her fellow slaves to escape their fate and create a new life for themselves.
3. King, Wilma. Essence of Liberty : Free Black Women During the Slave Era. University of Missouri Press , 2006. Print.
This source looks at many different free black women and the effect they had on other people in the time of slavery in America. Harriet Tubman is one of the women that is mentioned. Tubman helped to free countless slaves throught this time period. Her song "Wade in the Water" advised fugitive slaves to follow water instead of roads in order to hide their trail along their journey to freedom. This source is reliable because it was published by a university. It was accessed at MCC's Ebrary site.
4. “Spiritual (Music)”. Wikipedia. Web. 26 June 2008.
This website is used to describe the meaning of a spiritual that was used in the past as a form of secret communication. It was often used by African Americans in the underground railroad. Harriet Tubman sang a spiritual called “Wade in the Water” to warn traveling slaves to get into the water and hide. It is a useful site because it helps readers to understand the purpose of spirituals. It is a .org site which means it is not for commercial use and it has sources to support all of its facts.
"Vintage STAPLES-Wade In The Water." YouTube. YouTube, LLC. Web. 2 July 2010.
Nicole Seitz - Author of A Hundred Years of Happiness, Trouble the Water, and The Spirit of Sweetgrass. Web. 2 July 2010.
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