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 conflict. 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 teenagers have been taught to fail to remember all reminders of the lengthy difficult years of slavery, and plenty of African americans stay blind to their people's cultural contributions in track, dance, paintings, 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 was once 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 quite a lot of themes from Southern African American folklife, comparable to critter stew, dying 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 comprise cross-references to entries within the moment a part of the quantity, that's an in depth 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