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From the canefileds of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary inner cities, here are more than one hundred tales from an "incredibly rich and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice).

Full of life, wisdom, and humor, these tales range from the earthy comedy of tricksters to stories explaining how the world was created and got to be the way it is, to moral fables that tell of encounters between masters and slaves. They includes stories set down in travelers' reports and plantation journals from the early nineteenth century, tales gathered by collectors such as Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded by Roger Abrahams himself during extensive expeditions throughout the American South and the Caribbean.

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From the canefields of the antebellum South, the villages of Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary inner cities, here are more than one hundred tales from an "incredibly rich and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice). Full of life and humor, these tales range from the earthy comedy of tricksters to stories explaining how the world was created and — fairly or unfairly — got to be the way it is to moral fables that tell of encounters between masters and slaves. They offer a robust demonstration of the ways an uprooted people have drawn from the traditions of their past to fashion a life — and with it, a new and vital culture — in the New World.

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About the Author

Roger D. Abrahams is a former president of the American Folklore Society. Among his most recent books are African Folktales (also availabe in Pantheon paperback), After Africa (with John Szwed, and Singing the Master.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375705397
Editor:
Abrahams, Roger D.
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Editor:
Abrahams, Roger D.
Author:
Abrahams, Roger
Author:
Abrahams, Roger D.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Black American
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Afro-american folk-lore
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Tales, caribbean
Subject:
Blacks -- Caribbean -- Folklore.
Subject:
Tales -- United States.
Subject:
Tales -- Caribbean area.
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
folklore;folktales;african american;anthology;fairy tales;fiction;mythology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
B and W DRAWINGS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.1 x 0.76 in 1.1 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by , From the canefields of the antebellum South, the villages of Caribbean islands, and the streets of contemporary inner cities, here are more than one hundred tales from an "incredibly rich and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice). Full of life and humor, these tales range from the earthy comedy of tricksters to stories explaining how the world was created and — fairly or unfairly — got to be the way it is to moral fables that tell of encounters between masters and slaves. They offer a robust demonstration of the ways an uprooted people have drawn from the traditions of their past to fashion a life — and with it, a new and vital culture — in the New World.
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