By Alan B. Johns,Sherman E. Pyatt
African americans of the South have lengthy had a wealthy culture of folklore and customs, a lot of which predate the Civil warfare. a few of these ideals originated within the South, whereas others have their roots in voodoo and African religions. yet with the top of the Civil struggle and the decline of segregation, the folklife of Southern African american citizens has been disappearing. Many African American little ones have been taught to omit all reminders of the lengthy not easy years of slavery, and lots of African american citizens remain ignorant of their people's cultural contributions in track, dance, paintings, and literature. whereas folklore has constantly been an intrinsic a part of African American society, it used to be now not until eventually the early Nineteen Forties that African American folklore used to be a topic of research.
As a reference paintings, this quantity preserves the folklife of Southern African american citizens and refers readers to extra assets of knowledge. the 1st half contains alphabetically prepared entries for a variety of issues from Southern African American folklife, corresponding to critter stew, demise customs, evil spirits, excessive John the Conqueror, peach tree leaves, persimmon beer, quilts, ragtime, and snakes. info for those entries was once drawn from interviews and from scholarly works. The entries comprise cross-references to entries within the moment a part of the amount, that is an in depth catalog of books, articles, and different assets of data. those works are prepared in topical chapters to facilitate research.
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A Dictionary and Catalog of African American Folklife of the South by Alan B. Johns,Sherman E. Pyatt