Night Riders in Black Folk History

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UNC Press Books, 2001 - Social Science - 251 pages
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During and after the days of slavery in the United States, one way in which slaveowners, overseers, and other whites sought to control the black population was to encourage and exploit a fear of the supernatural. By planting rumors of evil spirits, haunte
 

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Contents

The Use of Black Oral Traditions as a Historical Source
3
A Survey of Historical Source Material on Black Intellectual and Social Thought
10
Field Work Methodology
29
The Southern Character of Washington D C
32
Historical Materials on the District
33
Mature liLl Oral Tradition in Waduntin DC
35
THE PROBLEM OF SLAVE CONTROL
38
The System of Psychological Control
45
Antebellum Patrol Duties Assumed by the Klan
147
THE KU KLUX KLAN IN THE EYES OF THE BLACK
154
Black Connections with the Klan
162
A FINAL PHASE IN THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTROL OF THE BLACK
170
Night Doctor Tradition in the Rural South
178
Night Doctor Tradition in Washington DC
182
Apparel of the Night Doctors
188
Kinds of Victims Sought
190

OF THE OVERSEER IN THE USE OF SUPERNATURAL SUBTERFUGE
59
Circulation of Ghost Tales
63
Haunted Places
66
Masquerading as Ghosts
69
Influence of Psychological Control on Black Narrative Tradition
73
THE PATROL SYSTEM
82
Patrol Composition Compensation Duties and Powers
85
Techniques of Surveillance
86
Evolution of the Patrol System in Washington DC
89
General Ineffectiveness of the System
93
Black Folk View of the System
102
THE RECONSTRUCTION KU KLUX KLAN
110
Costume of the Klan
122
Supernatural Practices
135
Methods of Ensnarement and Abduction
192
Conveyance of Victims and Manner of Death
197
A Notorious Washington Night Doctor
202
Legal Basis and Demise
207
The Preservation of Oral Stones in Black Culture
212
Biographies of Informants
216
WPA Informants
225
Texas Slave Narrative Informants
227
Tale Type Index
228
Classification of Superstitions
230
LIST OF WORKS CITED OR CONSULTED
232
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
245
INDEX
247
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About the author (2001)

Gladys-Marie Fry is Professor Emerita of Folklore and English at the University of Maryland at College Park. Her other books include "Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilting in the Antebellum South.

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