Sunday, July 31, 2016

Christensen. Afro-American Folk Lore

Today's free book is Afro-American Folk Lore, Told Round Cabin Fires on the Sea Islands of South Carolina by Abigail M. H. Christensen. To get a sense of race relations at the time (the book was published in 1892), read the Introduction. The stories are a powerful testimony to the African-Americans of South Carolina who refused to see themselves as others, including the author of this book, saw them.

For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.


Cooter an' Deer  
De Tiger an' de Nyung Lady 
De Reason Why Dog Hates Cat an' Cat Hates Dog  
De Rabbit an' de Elephant Tushes  
De Rabbit, de Bear an' de Locus' Tree   
De Reason Br'er Rabbit Wears a Short Tail  
The Rabbit Desires a Long Tail    
De Rabbit an' de Alligator   
De Reason Why de 'Gator Stan' So   
De Rabbit, de Wolf an' de Alligator   
De Rabbit, de Wolf an' de Tar Baby   
De Rabbit, de Wolf an' de Keg of Butter  
Br'er Rabbit an' Br'er Wolf Gone ter de Weddin' in Style  
Br'er Rabbit an' Br'er Wolf Go to a Party
an' Hunt de Deer  
Br'er Rabbit an' Br'er Wolf Plant Pertater an' Hunt Honey   
De Wolf, de Hog an' de Lion    
De Wolf, de Rabbit an' de Whale's Eggs  

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