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Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was an African American singer.


"Like every true artist, I have longed to see my talent contributing in an unmistakably clear manner to the cause of humanity.... Every artist, every scientist, must decide NOW where he stands. He has no alternative. There is no standing above the conflict on Olympian heights. There are no impartial observers. Through the destruction—in certain countries—of the greatest of man's literary heritages, through the propagation of false ideas of racial and national superiority, the artist, the scientist, the writer is challenged. The battlefront is everywhere. There is no sheltered rear. The challenge must be taken up. Times does not wait. The course of history can be changed, but not halted.... The artist must take sides. He must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative. The history of the capitalist era is characterized by the degradation of my people: despoiled of their lands, their culture destroyed, they are in every country, save one, denied equal protection of the law, and deprived of their rightful place in the respect of their fellows. Not through blind faith or coercion, but conscious of my course, I take my place with you.... Again I say, the true artist cannot hold himself aloof. The legacy of culture from our predecessors is in danger. It is the foundation upon which we build a still more lofty edifice. It belongs not only to us, not only to the present generation—it belongs to posterity—and must be defended to the death."—Paul Robeson, 24 June 1937


All Men Are Brothers
Ballad for Americans
The Battle Hymn of '48
Canoe Song
Chinese Soldiers' Song
Deep River
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
The Four Insurgent Generals
The Four Rivers
Gloomy Sunday
Glory Day
Go Down, Moses
The House I Live In
Hymn of the Soviet Union
I Got a Robe
I Still Suits Me
In the Evening by the Moonlight
It Ain't Necessarily So
Jerusalem
Joe Hill
John Brown's Body
John Henry

Kevin Barry
Land of My Fathers
Lazy Bones
Loch Lomond
Lonely Road
March of the United Nations
March of the Volunteers
The Minstrel Boy
My Curly-Headed Baby
My Old Kentucky Home
No More Auction Block for Me
Nobody Knows the Trouble I See
Oh, No, John!
Oh, Shenandoah
Oh, Susannah
Ol' Man River
Old Folks at Home
One More River to Cross
The Peat-Bog Soldiers
Poor Old Joe
The Purest Kind of a Guy
The Riddle Song
Riding the Dragon
St. Louis Blues
Scandalize My Name
Short'nin' Bread
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
The Song of Freedom
Song of the Volga Boatmen
Spring Song
Steal Away
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
There Is a Balm in Gilead
Water Boy


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