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In the United States, great numbers of hymns and songs in popular use have been collected and published as spirituals or gospel hymns (Gospel music) since the 1860s; from the outset, discussion of their structure and musical character has been unending. Since the 13 original states of the United States were formerly British colonies, their church bodies belonged to the Anglican and Protestant churches and sects of the home country, and their religious music followed the musical styles of New England (Church song: I, 13). What was overlo…

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Dauer, Alfons Michael, “Spirituals”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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