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We Shall Overcome (Festival Edition), circa 1959

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Creator:Horton, Zilphia, 1910-1956
Creator:Seeger, Pete, 1919-
Creator:Hamilton, Frank
Creator:Carawan, Guy
Creator:Ringwald, Roy, 1910-
Title:We Shall Overcome (Festival Edition), circa 1959

Based on a 1903 gospel version by Reverend Charles Tindley of Philadelphia, and in 1946, the song for striking employees of the American Tobacco Company, "We Shall Overcome" spread through the country as an anthem for southern African American labor unions and civil rights activists in 1959. During the 1960s the song was associated with Joan Baez and the 1969 Woodstock festival and later sung in South Africa during the anti-apartheid movement.

Types:Sheet music covers | Text
Subjects:Protest songs--United States | Labor--Songs and music | United States--Race relations--History--Sources | Nonviolence--History--Sources | Civil rights movements--Southern States--History--20th century--Sources | African Americans--Civil rights | Folk songs | Songs | Grass roots politics | Southern States--History--20th century | Southern States--Race relations | Southern States--Social conditions | Southern States--Songs and music | Southern States, 33.346678, -84.119434
Collection:Nashville Public Library Digital Collections Portal: Civil Rights
Institution:Nashville Public Library
Contributors:Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County. Special Collections Division
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Civil Rights Ephemera Collection, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library.

Shawnee Press

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Forms part of the online collection: Civil Rights Online Collection.

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