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Go Down Moses - Negro Spirituals Stories.

In this post, we discuss one of the most popular negro spirituals, "Go Down Moses" or as others call it "Let My People Go.
To be very honest it would be better to call negro spirituals, slave songs as they were actually composed by slaves and reflect their situation at that time and their hope that somehow God was going to intervene to free them from slavery. One of those slave songs or negro spirituals is this spiritual, Go Down Moses.
The power and source of most of the negro spirituals come from the Exodus experience of the children of Israel in the Bible. As we all know the Jews were once slaves in Egypt. But with God's help, the Jews gained their freedom. The God of Abraham parted the Red Sea for the Jews to cross and they traveled safely from Egypt to the land of Canaan. A land flowing with milk and honey.
The African slaves identified with the Jews and longed for their own freedom. They thought, "If God could do that for the Jews, God can do that for us…