Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South (American Library Association Notable Book)

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Collects information from a wide variety of sources to paint a vivid portrait of the lives of black slaves before the Civil War

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Before Freedom Came is intended as an exhibition catalog for a major show developed by the Museum of the Confederacy. In fact, it is much more. Six noted scholars provide incisive essays on such subjects as blacks in the urban South, female slaves, the cultural world of the plantation, the plantation landscape, and more. A remarkable array of illustrations accompanies the text. Together, words and pictures go deep into a new understanding of black life and the means by which scholars recover the history of the common folk. Material culture, folklore, built environment, and more reveal blacks as actors rather than victims in the historical process and also show how much the black-white dialectic shaped Southern identity generally. The braided basket, the irregular rectangular designs on quilts, the face on the earthen jar, the banjo twang, all point to a vibrant African root sustaining an African American culture growing amid slavery. This book, like the exhibit it represents, gives us the very soul of that process. It is an essential acquisition for libraries.
- Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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