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The Birth of Christmas Gospel

African-American gospel music has been around since the 1870s, but it hasn't been associated with the Christmas season nearly as long. It began in the late 1930s, when black singers began to use their own soaring style on Christmas carols. NPR's Juan Williams speaks with music historian Horace Clarence Boyer.

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