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Lorenzo Dow Turner : father of Gullah studies

Author: Margaret Wade-Lewis
Publisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this first book-length biography of the pioneering African American linguist and celebrated father of Gullah studies, Margaret Wade-Lewis examines the life of Lorenzo Dow Turner. A scholar whose work dramatically influenced the world of academia but whose personal story - until now - has remained an enigma, Turner (1890-1972) emerges from behind the shadow of his germinal 1949 study Africanisms in the Gullah  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Lorenzo Dow Turner; Lorenzo Dow Turner
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Wade-Lewis
ISBN: 9781570036286 1570036284
OCLC Number: 76183533
Description: xxiii, 323 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Sally Rooks, Jacob Brady, and the origins of the Rooks/Turner clan : 1799-and after --
Rooks Turner : 1844-1926 --
Elizabeth R. Sessoms Freeman Turner : 1861-1931 --
Childhood : 1890-1910 --
Howard University : 1910-1914 --
Chicago : 1914-1915 --
Harvard University : 1915-1917 --
Professor Lorenzo Dow Turner : 1917-1926 --
University of Chicago : 1919-1926 --
Howard University--Turner's final two years : 1926-1928 --
Washington Sun--a venture in entrepreneurship : September 1928-January 1929 --
Fisk University : 1929-1932 --
Beginnings of Gullah research : 1932-1942 --
University of London : 1936-1937 --
Lois Gwendolyn Morton : 1918-1938 --
Yale University : fall 1938 --
Brazil and back : 1940-1941 --
Fisk University and the founding of African studies : 1943-1946 --
Roosevelt College and the publication of Africanisms in the Gullah dialect : 1946-1966 --
Africa at last!: 1951 --
Peace Corps project and public service : 1962-1966 --
Relations between colleagues--Turner and Herskovits : 1936-1963 --
Turner's final years : 1960-1972 --
Epilogue : contemporary relevance of Turner's contribution to linguistics --
Appendix : Lorenzo Dow Turner family.
Responsibility: Margaret Wade-Lewis ; introductory note by Lois Turner Williams ; foreword by Irma Aloyce Cunningham.
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Drawing on Lorenzo Dow Turner's (1890-1972) archived private and published papers and on interviews with his widow and others, this biography examines the scholar's struggle to secure funding for his  Read more...

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