- Nashville Public Library Digital Collections Portal: Civil Rights
- We Shall Overcome (Festival Edition), circa 1959
- Horton, Zilphia, 1910-1956
- Contributor to Resource:
- Seeger, Pete, 1919-
Ringwald, Roy, 1910-
- Shawnee Press
- Date of Original:
- Protest songs--United States
Labor--Songs and music
United States--Race relations--History--Sources
Civil rights movements--Southern States--History--20th century--Sources
African Americans--Civil rights
Grass roots politics
Southern States--History--20th century
Southern States--Race relations
Southern States--Social conditions
Southern States--Songs and music
- United States, Southern States, 33.346678, -84.119434
- sheet music covers
- 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.
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- 1 sheet music : col. ; 7 x 10.5 in.
- Original Collection:
- Civil Rights Ephemera Collection, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library.
- Contributing Institution:
- Nashville Public Library (Tenn.). Special Collections Division