Juneteenth Texas

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Juneteenth Texas reflects the many dimensions of African-American folklore. The personal essays are reminiscences about the past and are written from both black and white perspectives. They are followed by essays which classify and describe different aspects of African-American folk culture in Texas; studies of specific genres of folklore, such as songs and stories; studies of specific performers, such as Lightnin' Hopkins and Manse Lipscomb and of particular folklorists who were important in the collecting of ...
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Juneteenth Texas reflects the many dimensions of African-American folklore. The personal essays are reminiscences about the past and are written from both black and white perspectives. They are followed by essays which classify and describe different aspects of African-American folk culture in Texas; studies of specific genres of folklore, such as songs and stories; studies of specific performers, such as Lightnin' Hopkins and Manse Lipscomb and of particular folklorists who were important in the collecting of African-American folklore, such as J. Mason Brewer; and a section giving resources for the further study of African Americans in Texas.
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A collection of essays based on personal experiences and reminiscences from both African-American and white perspectives, describing different aspects of African-American folk culture in Texas. Studies specific genres and performers and the work of folklorists, touching on Texas-African foodways in WPA slave narratives, musical traditions of 20th-century black cowboys, and the Juneteenth festival. Includes b&w photos. Appendices offers descriptions of museum collections, and a list of African-American folklore resource organizations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
African-American Folklore in Texas and in the Texas Folklore Society 1
Black Sacred Harp Singing Remembered in East Texas 15
Henry Truvillion of the Big Thicket: A Song Worth Singing 21
Once Upon a Time in Houston's Fourth Ward 41
Where the Cedars Grove 49
Mance Lipscomb: Fight, Flight or the Blues 69
More than Just 'Possum'n Taters: Texas-African Foodways in the WPA Slave Narratives 95
Giving Honor to God, the Joy and Salvation in My Life: The Appreciation Service in Song 131
From Gumbo to Grammys: The Development of Zydeco Music in Houston 139
From Bebop to Hard Bop and Beyond: The Texas Jazz Connection 153
African-American Blacksmithing in East Texas 167
Musical Traditions of Twentieth Century African-American Cowboys 195
John Biggers - Artist: Traditional Folkways of the Black Community 209
The African-American Folktale and J. Mason Brewer 223
Juneteenth: A Red Spot Day on the Texas Calendar 237
Lightnin' Hopkins: Blues Bard of the Third Ward 255
"Bongo Joe": A Traditional Street Performer 273
West African Fiddles in Deep East Texas 291
"The Yellow Rose of Texas": A Different Cultural View 315
The Texas Trailblazer Project 335
App The Texas African-American Photography Collection and Archive 339
App The African-American Museum of Dallas 342
App Selected Listing of Resources by the editors 344
Contributors 345
Index 353
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