The Counterculture African Slaves Created, And How It Shaped America.

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Outline Thesis: When the black slaves where taken from their homelands and brought to the new world they were angry. It is understandable that these slaves were angry after all, they had been taken from their families and been removed from society as they new it. When the slave arrived in America, they had brought with them their own culture. Despite much persecution, they created a counterculture that contributed greatly to the development of America.

I. Music A. Protestant Hymns B. Spirituals 1. Gospel Train C. Historical Contributions II. Religion A. Beliefs prior to slavery 1. God 2. Ancestors worship B. Difference from Christian beliefs C. Resistance of Christian beliefs D. African congregation 1. Christian influence III. Art A. Religious influence B. Limitations 1. Church 2. Time IV. Science A. Lack of slave recognition 1. Inventions claimed by whites I. Whites owned slaves a. Owned slaves work B. Reaper 1.

Credited to Cyrus McCormick 2. Invented by Jo Anderson V. Language A. Language before slavery B. Language combined with English 1. Creation of pidgin I. Use of language today When the black slaves where taken from their homelands and brought to the new world they were angry. It is understandable that these slaves were angry after all, they had been taken from their families and been removed from society as they new it. When the slave arrived in America, they had brought with them their own culture. Despite much persecution, they created a counterculture that contributed greatly to the development of America. From this counterculture, many forms of expression such as music, language, religion and art prospered. These expressions helped to shape the world today.

One form of expression used by slaves was music. African music consisted mainly of wind and string melodies punctuated by hand clapping and drumbeats. (African...



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