Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom

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Oxford University Press, 1978 - Social Science - 522 pages
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'.....Through an exhaustive investigation of black songs, folk tales, proverbs, aphorisms, verbal games and the long narrative oral poems known as 'toasts, ' Levine argues that the value system of Afro-Americans can only be understood through an analysis of Black culture....His work ranks among the best books written on the Afro-American experience in recent years.' Al-Tony Gilmore, The Washington Post
  

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Review: Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom

User Review  - Isaac Holloway - Goodreads

This book is rightfully a landmark text. Well researched and pact with facts this text covers black music, black humor and black heros. I've gave this text 3 stars b/c at times this book was really ... Read full review

Review: Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom

User Review  - Jennifer Smoliga - Goodreads

Very interesting but very hard to read. It had a lot of great stories but some were so drawn out that it was hard to keep interested. It had a lot of history and gave a perspective into a different world. Read full review

Contents

THE SACRED WORLD OF BLACK SLAVES
3
A Question of Origins
19
Slave Folk Beliefs
55
THE MEANING OF SLAVE TALES
83
The Animal Trickster
102
The Slave as Trickster
121
FREEDOM CULTURE AND RELIGION 3
136
The Fate of the Sacred World 1
155
Secular Song and Cultural ValuesBlack and White
270
BLACK LAUGHTER 198
298
The Economy of Laughter
320
The Ritual of Insult
344
The Community of Laughter
358
The Slave as Hero
386
Bad Men and Bandits
407
John Henry to Joe Louis
420

The Development of Gospel Song
174
THE RISE OF SECULAR SONG 9
190
The Blues
217
Secular Song and Protest
239
EPILOGUE
441
INDEX
507
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Lawrence W. Levine is at University of California, Berkeley.

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