By Alan B. Johns,Sherman E. Pyatt
African americans of the South have lengthy had a wealthy culture of folklore and customs, lots 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 conflict and the decline of segregation, the folklife of Southern African american citizens has been disappearing. Many African American young ones have been taught to omit all reminders of the lengthy difficult years of slavery, and lots of African american citizens stay ignorant of their people's cultural contributions in track, dance, paintings, and literature. whereas folklore has continually been an intrinsic a part of African American society, it used to be now not till 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 comprises alphabetically prepared entries for a variety of themes from Southern African American folklife, equivalent to critter stew, loss of life 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 knowledge. those works are prepared in topical chapters to facilitate research.
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