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The Resource Black legacy : America's hidden heritage, William D. Piersen

Black legacy : America's hidden heritage, William D. Piersen

Label
Black legacy : America's hidden heritage
Title
Black legacy
Title remainder
America's hidden heritage
Statement of responsibility
William D. Piersen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Drawing on a vast wealth of evidence - folktales, oral histories, religious rituals, and music - this book explores the pervasive if often unacknowledged influence of African traditions on American life. The result is a bold reinterpretation of American history that disrupts conventional assumptions and turns racial stereotypes inside out. William D. Piersen begins by examining a series of African and African-American oral narratives that interpret the experience of slavery from a distinctly black perspective. Centered on issues of moral truth, these tales bear witness to the meaning and human cost of the slave trade as perceived by those who were its victims. Piersen then analyzes the ways in which enslaved Africans adapted their rich cultural heritage to the new circumstances they were forced to endure. He shows, for example, how they imaginatively - and often aggressively - devised forms of public satire to resist white authority. He traces the transfer of traditional African medical knowledge to the Americas and demonstrates that in antebellum America many black healers were more skilled than their white counterparts. He further shows how African customs helped shape the evolving contours of American culture - particularly in the South - from holiday celebrations, musical traditions, and architectural styles to modes of speech, habits of work, and ways of cooking. The black legacy to America even extended, ironically, to the Ku Klux Klan, whose founders imitated masking traditions handed down from West African secret societies. By reestablishing the forgotten cultural links between Africa and America, this study enriches our understanding of American history and is a powerful testament to the legacy of African culture in American life
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Piersen, William Dillon
Dewey number
973/.0496073
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.P553 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • United States
  • Volkscultuur
  • Negers
  • Invloed
  • Kultur
  • Geschichte
Label
Black legacy : America's hidden heritage, William D. Piersen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [191]-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. The Comforts of Job. 1. Why God's Black Children Suffer. 2. "Das Duh Way Dey Ketch Um" -- pt. II. No Simple Black Folk Here. 3. A Resistance Too Civilized to Notice. 4. The Aristocratic Heritage of Black America. 5. "Duh Root Doctuh Wuz All We Needed" -- pt. III. Nigger in the Woodpile. 6. The Hidden Heritage of Mardi Gras. 7. The Mixed Bloodlines of the Early Ku Klux Klan. 8. Mammy, Indeed!
Control code
27035272
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 264 pages
Isbn
9780870238543
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92041003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1526070
Label
Black legacy : America's hidden heritage, William D. Piersen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [191]-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. The Comforts of Job. 1. Why God's Black Children Suffer. 2. "Das Duh Way Dey Ketch Um" -- pt. II. No Simple Black Folk Here. 3. A Resistance Too Civilized to Notice. 4. The Aristocratic Heritage of Black America. 5. "Duh Root Doctuh Wuz All We Needed" -- pt. III. Nigger in the Woodpile. 6. The Hidden Heritage of Mardi Gras. 7. The Mixed Bloodlines of the Early Ku Klux Klan. 8. Mammy, Indeed!
Control code
27035272
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 264 pages
Isbn
9780870238543
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92041003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1526070

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