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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 warfare and the decline of segregation, the folklife of Southern African americans has been disappearing. Many African American young children have been taught to fail to remember all reminders of the lengthy not easy years of slavery, and plenty of African american citizens remain ignorant of their people's cultural contributions in tune, dance, artwork, and literature. whereas folklore has regularly been an intrinsic a part of African American society, it used to be no longer till the early Forties that African American folklore was once a topic of research.

As a reference paintings, this quantity preserves the folklife of Southern African americans and refers readers to extra assets of data. the 1st half contains alphabetically prepared entries for quite a lot of themes from Southern African American folklife, akin 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 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 intensive catalog of books, articles, and different assets of knowledge. those works are prepared in topical chapters to facilitate research.

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