- Released: February 5, 2002
- Label: Bridge
- 2.Negro Spiritual, The - (commentary)
- 4.I'm So Glad (Trouble Don't Last Always)
- 5.We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder
- 6.Oh Mary, Don't You Weep
- 7.Traveling Shoes
- 8.How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone?
- 9.What Are the Blues? - (commentary)
- 10.Poor Lazarus
- 11.John Henry
- 12.Social Song, The - (commentary)
- 13.Silicosis Blues
- 15.Introduction With Juba Recitation - (commentary)
- 16.Old Dan Tucker
- 17.Introduction to Mr. Rabbit
- 18.Mr. Rabbit, Your Ear's Mighty Long
- 19.Negro Work Song, The - (commentary)
- 20.The Railroad Workers Camp
- 21.Negro Song Afterword - (commentary)
- 22.Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham
- 23.Run, Sinner, Run
Golden Gate Quartet includes: Orlandus Wilson, Clyde Riddick, Henry Owens, Willie Johnson.
Additional personnel includes: Josh White (vocals, guitar); Dr. Sterling Brown, Dr. Alain Locke, Alan Lomax (spoken vocals).
Producer: Anne McLean.
Reissue producers: Becky Starobin, David Starobin.
Recorded at the Library Of Congress, Washington, D.C. on December 20, 1940. Includes liner notes by Horace Clarence Boyer.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Liner Note Author: Horace Clarence Boyer.
Recording information: Coolidge Auditorium, The Library Of Congress (12/18/1940-12/21/1940); Coolidge Auditorium, The Library Of Congress (1940).
Editors: Silas Brown; David Starobin .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Willie Johnson; Henry Owens; Clyde Riddick; Fern White; Judy White; Josh White; Beverly White.
In 1940, the Golden Gate Quartet and Josh White performed a historical concert at the Library of Congress celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 13th amendment, but it wasn't just any regular concert: alongside Sterling A. Brown and Alan Lomax, Alain Locke spoke of the history behind the songs, all of which is contained here. The historical significance of Freedom is huge; it is an aural document of efforts (much written about) to reach out, communicate, and educate across racial boundaries via entertainment -- arguably the most successful route to blur the lines. It's a remarkable document and a wonderful performance by both the Golden Gate Quartet and Josh White. Interestingly, Freedom was recorded the same year Congress passed the Alien Registration Act, the law which directly led to the McCarthyism which devoured White's successful career in 1950 because of his involvement with Paul Robeson in similar engagements such as this. ~ Gregory McIntosh