Wade In The Water Produced in 1994 by NPR and the Smithsonian Institution, Wade in the Water is a 26-part documentary series detailing the history of American gospel music and its impact on soul, jazz and R&B.
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Wade In The Water

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Wade In The Water Ep. 1: Songs And Singing As Church

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Wade In The Water Ep. 2: In Search Of The Sacred

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Jessye Norman rehearsing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the first night of The Proms at the BBC's Maida Vale Studio, London. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 3: Steal Away, Songs & Stories About Slavery

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Wade In The Water Ep. 4: Sacred Songs As History

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Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Gray and Annie Devine, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party contestants for the state's seats, hold a telegram allowing them onto the House floor during debate. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 5: The Power Of Communal Song

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Singer Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon speaks during a music workshop for high school students in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 9, 2010, "A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement." AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 6: Lined Hymn & Shaped-Note Tradition

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The Fisk University Jubilee Singers in 1925. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 7: The Fisk Jubilee Singers And The Concert Spiritual Tradition

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Wade In The Water Ep. 8: African American Composers & The Concert Spiritual Tradition

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Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Easter Sunday, 1939. Universal History Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 9: The Struggle For A New Classical Concert Tradition

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Wade In The Water Ep. 10: The Legacy Of The Golden Gate Quartet

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Wade In The Water Ep. 11: Birmingham, Ala., Regional Quartet Tradition

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Pilgrim Travelers, circa 1970. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 12: From Local Community To Nation, Post-WWII Quartet Tradition

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Ben E. King performs at the Apollo Theater in New York City in 1964. Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 13: The Song Ministry Of Charles A. Tindley

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Mahalia Jackson performs at the American Jazz Festival (later renamed the Newport Jazz Festival) in July 1958. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 14: Lucie Campbell, Gospel's 1st African American Woman Composer

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Wade In The Water Ep. 15: William Herbert Brewster, The Eloquent Poet Of Gospel

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Wade In The Water Ep. 16: The Gospel Song Legacy Of Thomas Andrew Dorsey

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Wade In The Water Ep. 17: The Music Of Roberta Martin And Kenneth Morris

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Wade In The Water Ep. 18: I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord

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Wade In The Water Ep. 19: The Many Ways Of The Crossover

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe at a press conference during a British tour in 1957. Chris Ware/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 20: Beyond Text: Instruments In The Service Of The Lord

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Duke Ellington at the piano at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, during a British tour in 1963. John Pratt/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 21: Jazz And The Wider World Of The Sacred (Part I)

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Sun Ra (left) performs with his Arkestra at the Newport Jazz Festival, circa 1970. David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 22: Jazz And The Wider World Of The Sacred (Part II)

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