The Myth of the Negro Past

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Beacon Press, 1990 - History - 368 pages
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Almost fifty years ago Melville Herskovits set out to debunk the myth that black Americans have no cultural past. Originally published in 1941, his unprecedented study of black history and culture recovered a rich African heritage in religious and secular life, the language and arts of the Americas.
  

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This is NOT A NOVEL. It is a work of NON-FICTION. Just like a negro not to know the difference!

Contents

The Significance of Africanisms
1
The Search for Tribal Origins
33
Africanisms
143
Africanisms
207
Language and the Arts
261
Conclusions
292
References
300
Bibliography
327
Supplementary Bibliography
343
Index
351
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Melville Jean Herskovits, an American anthropologist who was a student of Franz Boas at Columbia University, became a leading student of acculturation and an outstanding teacher at Northwestern University, where he founded the first U.S. program in African Studies in 1951. He did work in Surinam, Haiti, Trinidad, and Brazil, but his major research was on African blacks and the forced relocation of their culture to the New World. He studied religion, music, and folklore, and was particularly interested in how culture influences the arts.

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