African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance, 1600s-1920: An Annotated Bibliography of Literature, Collections, and Artworks

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As any well-organized, carefully annotated bibliography does, this work by Southern and Wright brings order out of chaos. The 2,328 entries identify books, articles, sermons, pamphlets, and broadsides, among other formats, all centered on black folk culture with emphasis on the manifestations of that culture from 1600 to 1920 through song, dance, games, sermons, and illustrations. . . . This carefully done and useful bibliography is recommended for libraries on all campuses where there is an interest in the black experience. Choice

African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance is undeniably the most valuable resource available to scholars engaged in Afro-American folk culture research. An untapped wealth of primary information has been chronologically cataloged within this comprehensive, annotated guide. It covers a period of over 300 years of African-American cultural history in the United States. Materials fall into three categories: literary publications, iconographical records, and collections of song, tale, and sermon texts. Focusing on folk culture, 2,328 items were chosen for their historical relevance as well as to insure broad representation. Eileen Southern and Josephine Wright's bibliography provides researchers with the tools needed to shatter myths and stereotypes and to form concise theses supported by extensive evidence.

The bibliography is divided into four major chronological sections: Colonial-Federalist, Antebellum, Post-Emancipation, and Early Twentieth Century. A fifth section, The WPA Slave Narrative Collection, includes materials (collected in the 1930s) that are essential to a serious discussion of American slavery. Within these five sections materials are classified as literature, artwork, and/or collections. Literature and artwork subsections are further divided into social activities, religious experience, song, and tale. Iconographical entries often compliment the literary ones and some themes run throughout the book. The materials are indexed by names of authors and artists, by subject, and by first lines of songs.

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Focusing on folk culture, this guide catalogs and annotates 2,328 items, chosen both for historical relevance and to insure broad representation. Chronologically organized by historical period, the materials fall into three categories--literary publications, iconographical records, and collections of song, tale, and sermon texts. A short, but particularly important section, "the WPA Slave Narrative Collection", includes materials collected in the 1930s. Indexed by name, subject, and by first lines of songs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

EILEEN SOUTHERN is Professor Emerita of Music and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University and Editor/Co-publisher of The Black Perspective in Music.

JOSEPHINE WRIGHT is Professor of Music at the College of Wooster.

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Table of Contents


Guide to Use of the Bibliography


The Colonial-Federalist Era

The Antebellum Era

The Post-Emancipation Era

The WPA Slave Narrative Collection

The Early Twentieth Century


Index of Names

Index of Subjects

Index of Songs

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