Oh Freedom. African American Spiritual.
Freedom was the constant and greatest desire of the slave. Countless slaves spent their entire lives actively seeking to be free—in spite of not knowing the path to follow to safety, fear of the unknown, loss of guaranteed food and lodging, and the punishment awaiting a failed escape attempt. Punishment awaiting family and friends in the event of a successful escape also offered a disincentive to doing so.
Even in the most benevolent situations, living with the best masters and sufficient food and clothing and housing, the enslaved Africans working on the plantations in the cotton, rice, or tobacco fields, or in the homes or a shop in town, all longed...
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