FRANCIS EDWARD ABERNETHY is professor emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University and former Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society. PATRICK B. MULLEN is professor of English at Ohio State University. ALAN GOVENAR is president of Documentary Arts and a writer, folklorist, photographer, and filmmaker.
Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folkloreby Francis Edward Abernethy
Juneteenth Texas explores African-American folkways and traditions from both African-American and white perspectives. Included are descriptions and classifications of different aspects of African-American folk culture in Texas; explorations of songs and stories and specific performers such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Manse Lipscomb, and Bongo Joe; and a section giving resources for the further study of African Americans in Texas.
"[T]he editors have contributed significantly to making our past relevant to our present in Juneteenth Texas, a collection of essays that explore African-American folkways and traditions. Drawing upon the expertise of folklorists, musicologists, filmmakers, historians, anthropologists and just plain folks . . . the objective is to use the prism of African-American folklore to enlighten all Americans about our common culture. . . . So evocative is the writing on musical folklore, one longs for a companion CD to add even more vitality to . . . an excellent text."-Dallas Morning News
"This volume on black Texas folklore is a fresh and fascinating contribution to African American history."-Journal of Southern History
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