By Alan B. Johns,Sherman E. Pyatt
African american citizens of the South have lengthy had a wealthy culture of folklore and customs, lots of which predate the Civil struggle. a few of these ideals originated within the South, whereas others have their roots in voodoo and African religions. yet with the tip of the Civil warfare and the decline of segregation, the folklife of Southern African american citizens has been disappearing. Many African American youngsters have been taught to disregard all reminders of the lengthy not easy years of slavery, and plenty of African americans stay ignorant of their people's cultural contributions in music, dance, artwork, and literature. whereas folklore has continuously been an intrinsic a part of African American society, it was once no longer till the early Nineteen Forties that African American folklore used to be an issue of research.
As a reference paintings, this quantity preserves the folklife of Southern African americans and refers readers to extra resources of data. the 1st half comprises alphabetically prepared entries for a variety of themes from Southern African American folklife, reminiscent of critter stew, dying 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 quantity, that is an intensive catalog of books, articles, and different resources 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