Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember: An Oral History
One issue: It is an oral history, but I think the transcriptions of the accents and dialect are problematic. Why transcribe "poor" as "pore"? Is there really a difference between the pronunciations "colored" and "culurd"? A couple of the transcriptions are written in standard English - but surely there was southern pronunciation there too. I feel lik ...more
Finished the book more than a week ago. I really liked it and some very interesting ideas came up. One was the relationship between religion ...more
This is one of the most important books I have read as an American adult male of African decent. American slavery will forever be a blight on her history. The effects of slavery and Jim Crow can still be seen and felt today. As a young black man from the great state of Mississippi, I was fortunate enough to be raised by parents who were born in the Jim Crow south (Mississippi & Alabama) who did not teach me about race. I didn't know I was black until the third grade. The one negative aspect...more
If read with a historian's eye, this book is a treasure trove - war accounts, farming techniques, work songs, worship songs, the KKK, and more. If teaching a historiography course, this could offer plenty of material for students to explore.