By the Work of Their Hands: Studies in Afro-American Folklife

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University of Virginia Press, 1991 - Art - 240 pages
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In this book, America's foremost scholar of African-American folklife revolutionizes our understanding of Afro-American material culture. Bringing to the essays his extensive research into the written, oral, and material sources of Afro-American culture as well as his impressive scholarly knowledge of folklife, social history, anthropology, and art history, Vlach presents the evidence of African influence on black American folklife, both past and present.

  

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Contents

The Nature and Pattern of AfroAmerican Material
1
Introduction to Part One
15
AfroAmerican Domestic Artifacts in EighteenthCentury
53
An Interpretation of Nineteenth
73
Introduction to Part Two
107
AfroAmerican Blacksmith 727
127
Finding Black Builders in Southern
161
Introduction to Part Three
181
AfroAmerican Housing in Virginias Landscape of Slavery
228
Index
237
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About the author (1991)

John Michael Vlach is Chair of the American Studies Program, Professor of American Civilization and Director of the Folklife Program at George Washington University. He is the author of The Afro-American Tradition in Decorative Arts; Charleston Blacksmith: The Work of Philip Simmons; and Plain Planters: Making Sense of American Art.

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