||Readings of excerpts and critical analysis.
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Narrated by Dana Gioia ; featuring Burl Cain, Ruby Dee, Ernest J. Gaines, Romulus Linney, Helen Prejean, Cicely Tyson, KenYatta Rogers, contributors.
Music credits : excerpts from Amazing grace, Guitar man, John Henry, Piedmont Medley, and Were you there? performed by Cephas and Wiggins, from Masters of the Piedmont blues (2002) ; excerpts from Moanin', Leaving blues, Let it shine on me, and Cotton fields performed by Lead Belly, from Where did you sleep last night? : Lead Belly legacy. Vol. 1 (1996) ; Death is awful sung by Dock Reed and Vera Hall Ward, from Negro folk music of Alabama. Vol. 5, Spirituals (1956) ; original sound effects by Brent Finley at Sonic Magic Studios, Culver City, CA ; other sound effects recorded live at Angola State Penitentiary.