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Black culture and Black consciousness : Afro-American folk thought from slavery to freedom

Author: Lawrence W Levine
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 30th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence W Levine
ISBN: 9780195305692 0195305698 9780195305685 019530568X
OCLC Number: 123916505
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.
Responsibility: Lawrence W. Levine.
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"Must be read by all who would understand the Afro-American experience and American culture in general." --Eugene D. Genovese"Through an exhaustive investigation of black songs, folk tales, proverbs, Read more...

 
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