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A peculiar people : slave religion and community-culture among the Gullahs

Author: Margaret Washington Creel
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 1988.
Series: American social experience series, 7.
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A historical analysis of the Gullahs of South Carolina, and an imaginative and suggestive treatment of slave religion and social cohesion, "A Peculiar People" Slave Religion and Community-Culture Among The Gullahs examines the components that provided the Sea Island slave population with their cultural autonomy and sense of consciousness. The elements of community, religion, and resistance are examined in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Washington Creel
ISBN: 0814714048 9780814714041 0814714226 9780814714225
OCLC Number: 16680925
Awards: Western Association of Women Historians Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize, 1989.
Description: xv, 417 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: AFRICAN BACKGROUND. Gullah roots: ethnic origins and Carolina preferences --
Moslem jihad and ethnic displacement --
The Socioreligious heritage: Upper Guinea culture circles --
Religion and order in traditional society --
EARLY CAROLINA'S RELIGIOUS ENVIRONMENT, 1670-1775. Missionaries and masters: Anglicans --
Baptists and other "dissenters" --
Christianity, bondage, and the Great Awakening: The coming of George Whitefield --
Old ways die slowly --
CHRISTIANITY AND AUTONOMY: A STRUGGLE LIN BLACK AND WHITE. An almost chosen people: Rebels and outlaws; white independence, black liberation --
Slave religion in the postwar Lowcountry --
The price of freedom --
"Religion of the warm heart": Plantation missions and Methodist impact: The movement --
The response --
To make them better slaves: Baptist persuasion, 1830-1861: "Christian" masters --
"Christian" slaves --
THE SOCIORELIGIOUS COMMUNITY" AN AFRICAN-CHRISTIAN SYNTHESIS: Elements of the head and the heart: Gullah interpretations of Christianity --
Folk religion in the slave quarters --
Gullah attitudes toward death and the supernatural --
Appendices: Ethnic origins of Carolina slaves --
Missionary's letter --
Baptist churches --
The Deity --
Gullah folkways --
Illustrations: Gullahs worshiping in Goose Creek Church --
Map of the Sea Island region --
Cultural map of Africa --
Sam Polite, the praise house elder --
Susannah of the Oaks Plantation --
Brick Baptist Church, St. Helena Island, S. C. --
The 54th Massachusetts Colored Regiment --
Gullahs and Sea Island cotton --
The plantation "street" --
Women and children in the evening after "maussa's" task is done --
Gullahs working for themselves --
Laura M. Towne, Dick, Maria, and "seeker" Amoretta, February 1866 --
Gullah decorated grave --
Gullahs and the Carolina Lowcountry.
Series Title: American social experience series, 7.
Responsibility: Margaret Washington Creel.

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A historical analysis of the Gullahs of South Carolina, and an imaginative and suggestive treatment of slave religion and social cohesion, "A Peculiar People" Slave Religion and Community-Culture Among The Gullahs examines the components that provided the Sea Island slave population with their cultural autonomy and sense of consciousness. The elements of community, religion, and resistance are examined in relationship to this unique people. Margaret Creel traces three successive importations of slaves into the South Carolina coastal region, addressing each as a distinct period. She argues that the large numbers of slaves imported between 1749 and 1787 came predominantly from Senegambia, the Gold Coast, and Liberia. The majority of the Gullah population came from these areas of West Africa. Combining anthropological and historical studies with observations, reports, manuscripts, and letters relating to the Gullahs, the book creates an original and exceptionally fascinating analysis of Gullah culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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