Many Black spirituals are songs that describe the feelings caused by slavery, both on the slave ships that carried millions into bondage and for centuries afterwards. One of the most powerful of such songs is, "Oh, Freedom!"

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Oh, Freedom!
Oh, oh Freedom!
Oh, Freedom over me.
And before I’ll be a slave
I’ll be buried in my grave,
And go home to my Lord, and be free!

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