George Pullen Jackson

George Pullen Jackson (1874-1953) was an American educator and musicologist.

Jackson was a native of Monson, Maine. He was a pioneer in the field of Southern (U.S.) hymnody. Many consider him the "most diligent scholar of fasola singing" in the 20th century and one of the foremost musicologists of American folk songs. He was responsible for popularizing the term "white spirituals" to describe the "fasola" singing.

G. P. Jackson served as a professor of German at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, author, music critic for the Nashville Banner, and the president and manager of the Nashville Symphony Society.


  • White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands: The Story of the Fasola Folk, Their Songs, Singings, and "Buckwheat Notes". University of North Carolina Press, 1933
  • Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America: Two Hundred and Fifty Tunes and Texts with an Introduction and Notes. Augustin, 1937
  • Down-East Spirituals and Others: Three Hundred Songs Supplementary to the Author's "Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America". Augustin, 1939
  • White and Negro Spirituals, Their Lifespan and Kinship: Tracing 200 Years of Untrammeled Song Making and Singing Among Our Country Folk, with 116 Songs as Sung by Both Races. Augustin, 1943
  • The Story of the Sacred Harp, 1844-1944. Vanderbilt University Press, 1944
  • A Directory of Sacred Harp Singers and Singing Conventions. 1945
  • American Folk Music for High School and other Choral Groups. C. C. Birchard and Co., 1947 (a collaboration with Charles Faulkner Bryan)
  • Another Sheaf of White Spirituals. University of Florida Press, 1952

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