Friday Fun: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

In Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington makes reference to the “grape-vine” telegraph, the unofficial and effective, if not always entirely accurate, means by which Civil War-era slaves kept themselves informed as to the goings on of the nation.

The term became even more popular when Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and the Pips (above) recorded “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” in the 1960s.

Next week: W.E.B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk


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