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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This is an all-time classic on slavery and the ways in which slaves and sharecroppers expressed and transmitted their culture through popular culture, especially music. Read full review

Contents

THE SACRED WORLD OF BLACK SLAVES
3
A Question of Origins
19
Slave Spirituals
30
Slave Folk Beliefs
55
THE MEANING OF SLAVE TALES
81
Of Morality and Survival
90
The Animal Trickster
102
The Slave as Trickster
121
Slave Tales and the Sacred Universe 233
133
The Fate of the Sacred World 255
155
The Development of Gospel Song
174
THE RISE OF SECULAR SONG
190
Work Songs
202
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Lawrence W. Levine is at University of California, Berkeley.

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