Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom

Paperback | April 4, 2007

byLawrence W. Levine

not yet rated|write a review
When Black Culture and Black Consciousness first appeared thirty years ago, it marked a revolution in our understanding of African American history. Contrary to prevailing ideas at the time, which held that African culture disappeared quickly under slavery and that black Americans had littlegroup pride, history, or cohesiveness, Levine uncovered a cultural treasure trove, illuminating a rich and complex African American oral tradition, including songs, proverbs, jokes, folktales, and long narrative poems called toasts--work that dated from before and after emancipation. The fact thatthese ideas and sources seem so commonplace now is in large part due this book and the scholarship that followed in its wake. A landmark work that was part of the "cultural turn" in American history, Black Culture and Black Consciousness profoundly influenced an entire generation of historians andcontinues to be read and taught. For this anniversary reissue, Levine wrote a new preface reflecting on the writing of the book and its place within intellectual trends in African American and American cultural history. "Must be read by all who would understand the Afro-American experience and American culture in general." --Eugene D. Genovese "Through an exhaustive investigation of black songs, folk tales, proverbs, aphorisms, verbal games and the long narrative oral poems known as 'toasts,' Levine argues that the value system of Afro-Americans can only be understood through an analysis of black culture.... His work ranks among the bestbooks written on the Afro-American experience in recent years." --Al-Tony Gilmore, The Washington Post

Pricing and Purchase Info

$11.84 online
$20.95 list price (save 43%)
Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

When Black Culture and Black Consciousness first appeared thirty years ago, it marked a revolution in our understanding of African American history. Contrary to prevailing ideas at the time, which held that African culture disappeared quickly under slavery and that black Americans had littlegroup pride, history, or cohesiveness, Levine...

The late Lawrence W. Levine was Margaret Byrne Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of History and Cultural Studies at George Mason University in Virginia. A former MacArthur fellow and a Past President of the Organization of American Historians, he was the author of a number of books,...

other books by Lawrence W. Levine

Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America
Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy i...

Paperback|Sep 1 1990

$41.91 online$42.95list price
Quick Review of Torts, 5th
Quick Review of Torts, 5th

Kobo ebook|May 23 2014

$30.39 online$39.37list price(save 22%)
see all books by Lawrence W. Levine
Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 5.31 × 7.99 × 1.18 inPublished:April 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019530568X

ISBN - 13:9780195305685

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Preface to 30th Anniversary EditionPreface1. The Sacred World of Black Slaves2. The Meaning of Slave Tales3. Freedom, Culture, and Religion4. The Rise of Secular Song5. Black Laughter6. A Pantheon of HeroesEpilogueNotes/Index