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This pamphlet, sold by Benjamin "Pap" Singleton, the "Father of the Exodus," includes the lyrics for two songs advertising black Southerners' emigration to Kansas. The first song, "The Land that Gives Birth to Freedom," alludes to the hardships of life in Tennessee and the promise of a better life in Kansas. The second song, "Extending Our Voices to Heaven," is a farewell message to those left behind. Lyrics for these songs were written by Mrs. Hester Hickman with arrangement by A. D. DeFrantz. The pamphlet was originally included in the Benjamin Singleton scrapbook.

Creator: Hickman, Hester
Date: 1877

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Students will (ideally) respond to the heartfelt messages presented in these songs. These songs could serve as the introduction to this standard since they encapsulate the Exodus movement in concise language. This source could work with other advertisements for Kansas, with documents about Singleton, and with documents describing black codes and the mistreatment of former slaves.

KS:7th:3.5:Exodusters (2005)

Item Number: 210535
Call Number: E185 *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210535

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