I Heard it Through the Grapevine

This is the story of the “grapevine telegraph” – the informal, spontaneous word-of-mouth communication system used by Negro slaves in Civil War America to keep up-to-date on current events, and to stay one step ahead of their white slavemasters. This is also the story of how the Motown song “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” came to finally be released as a single, back in 1967. [TRWBS #236 – The Roots of Race III – May 13, 2017.]