Singing the Master by Roger Abrahams

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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.

About Roger Abrahams

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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.
Published May 5, 1992 by Pantheon. 341 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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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.

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