By Alan B. Johns,Sherman E. Pyatt
African american citizens of the South have lengthy had a wealthy culture of folklore and customs, a lot of which predate the Civil conflict. 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 conflict and the decline of segregation, the folklife of Southern African american citizens has been disappearing. Many African American little ones have been taught to put out of your mind all reminders of the lengthy not easy years of slavery, and plenty of African americans stay blind to their people's cultural contributions in music, dance, artwork, and literature. whereas folklore has consistently 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 subject matter of research.
As a reference paintings, this quantity preserves the folklife of Southern African americans and refers readers to extra resources of knowledge. the 1st half comprises alphabetically prepared entries for a variety of themes from Southern African American folklife, comparable to critter stew, demise customs, evil spirits, excessive John the Conqueror, peach tree leaves, persimmon beer, quilts, ragtime, and snakes. details for those entries was once drawn from interviews and from scholarly works. The entries contain cross-references to entries within the moment a part of the amount, that's an intensive catalog of books, articles, and different assets of knowledge. those works are prepared in topical chapters to facilitate research.
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