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Author Levine, Lawrence W.

Title Black culture and Black consciousness : Afro-American folk thought from slavery to freedom / Lawrence W. Levine
Edition Thirtieth anniversary edition
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  398.2 Lev/Bca 2007  AVAILABLE
Description xxxiv, 522 pages ; 22 cm
Contents The sacred world of black slaves -- The meaning of slave tales -- Freedom, culture, and religion -- The rise of secular song -- Black laughter -- A pantheon of heroes
Summary When this book first appeared in 1977, it marked a revolution in the understanding of African American history. Contrary to prevailing ideas at the time, which held that African culture disappeared quickly under slavery and that black Americans had little group pride, history, or cohesiveness, the author uncovered a rich and complex African American oral tradition, including songs, proverbs, jokes, folktales, and long narrative poems called toasts--work that dated from before and after emancipation. The fact that these ideas and sources seem so commonplace now is in large part due this book and the scholarship that followed in its wake. A landmark work that was part of the "cultural turn" in American history, this book profoundly influenced an entire generation of historians
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-505) and index
Subject African Americans -- Folklore.
Folklore -- United States.
Genre/Form Folklore.
LC no. 2007281986
ISBN 9780195305692 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
0195305698 (cloth ; acid-free paper)