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The Adventures Of High John The Conqueror

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Award-winning young adult classic collection about the slave-trickster High John the Conqueror, who always outwits Old Master. Much like the Greek slave Aesop's animal characters, High John was the subject of subversive narrative whose mission was to outsmart his oppressors.
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Published January 1st 1989 by Orchard Books (NY)
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K.T. Katzmann
Mar 21, 2016 K.T. Katzmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents Who Want They're Kids to Really Get American Slavery
In the old Confederacy, John and his Master trick each other, laugh together, and occasionally, just to remind everybody of the power dynamic, Old Master threatens to kill John by whipping all the skin off his bones.

That last part made me very happy.

I’m been diving into folklore books, and I found this one walking through the kid's section of the library. I was on a specific quest: finds things I could read to my kids when I'm older. The title caught my interest from references I've heard in old
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Sparrow
I found this book for free at the thrift shop in Phoenicia, New York (the hamlet where I live); it's for children, but every American should read it. I'd heard of High John the Conqueror in the Muddy Waters song, "Mannish Boy":

I think I'll go down,
To Old Kansas Stu;
I'm gonna bring back my second cousin,
High John the Conqueroo

-- but I never knew who he was. In fact, he's a folk hero, like Paul Bunyan, a proto-superhero. But High John is also a slave, in the American South. He tricks his Master
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Richard Murray
One of many black fables, a fun read
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Brer Rabbit was read by all. These stories on the other hand were ones white people never were supposed to hear.
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