SINGING THE MASTER: The Emergence of African American Culture in the Plantation South.

Abrahams, Roger D.

ISBN 10: 0394555910 / ISBN 13: 9780394555911
Published by New York: Pantheon, 1992. dj, 1992
Hardcover
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. A look at the dual origins (old English and African) of the corn-shucking ceremony on antebellum plantations. Illustrated, extensive notes, appendix with original accounts of the ceremony, index. 342 pages. Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.). Bookseller Inventory # 18715

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Title: SINGING THE MASTER: The Emergence of African...

Publisher: New York: Pantheon, 1992. dj

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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An interpretation of the corn-shucking ceremony employs written accounts of visitors and foreigners and the oral histories of former slaves to reconstruct the single moment of cultural interaction between master and slave.

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The corn-shucking ceremony, a slaves' holiday that began in the pre-Civil War American South, is the focus of this illuminating study, which opens a window on the origins of African American culture. To the white planters, this stylized entertainment full of songs and dances was an exotic spectacle, a confirmation of their sense that the black performers were part of the plantation family writ large. But to the slaves, the holiday was a platform to assert their sense of community, an opportunity for veiled social commentary. Using firsthand accounts and ex-slaves' oral histories, Abrahams, a folklore professor at the University of Pennsylvania, demonstrates how African American cultural forms emerged in the midst of oppression. He makes a compelling case that the entertainment styles of corn-shucking, Saturday-night dances and other permitted entertainments were imitated by whites in vaudeville and minstrel shows, and percolated into black prayer meetings, praise-singing poetry, religious services and rap concerts.
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