Fannie Lou Hamer Interview Conducted by Unknown Man

Type 
Interview
Creator(s) 
Unknown (interviewer)
Fannie Lou Hamer (interviewee)
Medium 
Interview, Taped then Transcribed
Doc # 
7INT27
Location 
Mississippi
United States
Abstract 

In this interview, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer discusses the importance of music during her upbringing in Mississippi. She talks about the transmission of her mother's lullabies to her children and the songs which the laborers sung in the fields. Hamer reflects that the lyrics of her mother's songs, which questioned God about hardships. Hamer recollects other laborers' songs, which concerned Final Judgment and the hypocrisy of religious people. These songs expressed a yearning for eternal repose after suffering. In the interview, Hamer recites lyrics which beg Jesus for guidance. She discusses the slaves' traditional "freedom songs" as ways through which they could lament their subjugation without punishment from their white masters.

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