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 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 kids have been taught to omit all reminders of the lengthy tough years of slavery, and lots of African americans stay blind to their people's cultural contributions in music, dance, paintings, and literature. whereas folklore has continually 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 subject matter of research.
As a reference paintings, this quantity preserves the folklife of Southern African americans and refers readers to extra assets of knowledge. the 1st half contains alphabetically prepared entries for a variety of subject matters 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. details for those entries used to be drawn from interviews and from scholarly works. The entries contain cross-references to entries within the moment a part of the quantity, that is 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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