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Drums and shadows : survival studies among the Georgia coastal Negroes

Author: Georgia Writers' Project. Savannah Unit.
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Set against the background of the antebellum slave trade, Drums and Shadows traces the persistence of African heritage in the culture of blacks living on the Georgia coast in the 1930s. In the later years of the depression, members of the Georgia Writers' Project visited and interviewed blacks, many of whose grandparents, smuggled into slavery as late as 1858, had passed on the customs and beliefs of their African  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Georgia Writers' Project. Savannah Unit.
ISBN: 0820308501 9780820308500 082030851X 9780820308517
OCLC Number: 13257774
Notes: "Brown thrasher books."
Description: xliv, 274 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction to the Brown Thrasher editon / Charles Joyner --
Photographers' note / Muriel Barrow Bell and Malcom Bell, Jr. --
Foreword / Guy B. Johnson --
Notes to the reader --
Introduction / Mary Granger --
Old Fort --
Tin City --
Yamacraw --
Frogtown and Currytown --
Springfield --
Brownville --
Tatemville --
White Bluff --
Pin Point --
Sandfly --
Grimball's Point --
Wilmington Island --
Sunbury --
Harris Neck --
Pine Barren near Eulonia --
Possum Point --
Darien --
Sapelo Island --
St. Simon's Island --
St. Marys.
Responsibility: Savannah Unit, Georgia Writers' Project, Work Projects Administration ; introduction by Charles Joyner ; photographs by Muriel and Malcolm Bell, Jr.

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Set against the background of the antebellum slave trade, Drums and Shadows traces the persistence of African heritage in the culture of blacks living on the Georgia coast in the 1930s. In the later years of the depression, members of the Georgia Writers' Project visited and interviewed blacks, many of whose grandparents, smuggled into slavery as late as 1858, had passed on the customs and beliefs of their African past. Seeking evidence of African traditions, the project's workers questioned the blacks about conjure--the curses and potions responsible for turns of luck, illnesses, and even death--about dreams that often determine the course of daily life, and about spirits and other apparitions as real as walking, breathing people. --Back cover.

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