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Gullah Culture in America
by Wilbur Cross
In 1989, 1998, and 2005, fifteen Gullah speakers went to Sierra Leone and other parts of West Africa to trace their origins and ancestry. Their journey frames this exploration of the extraordinary history of the Gullah culture-characterized by strong African cultural retention and a direct influence on American culture, particularly in the South-described in this ...more
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published December 30th 2007 by Praeger Publishers
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While there is some good information in this book, digging it out is an exercise in drudgery. It would appear that the author wrote this book in stages, and forgot to review the text as a whole to make sure that nothing was redundant. As it is, many paragraphs are repeated, almost verbatim, throughout the book, as if Cross forgot that he already explained [the Penn Center's founding, etc.]. The chapter on musical traditions doesn't even focus on Gullah music, but is simply an overview of ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Despite a fair bit of redundancy throughout, I learned so much about the Gullah that I hadn't known. I had learned of the Gullah/ Geechee many years ago in my linguistics studies, and had encountered the sweetbasket weavers in SC, but wanted to know so much more---but I truly had no idea of their real history. This book provided me with what I feel is a very solid foundation of knowledge about their history, elements that have kept them together through tumultuous ...more
This is a historical account of the Gullah population on the barrier islands off the Carolinas. Originally populated by slaves the land was inhospitable and trying but settlement thrived with determination. This book is an excellent adjunct to "Daughters of the Dust," a novel based on the film of the same name giving account of a dynasty of settlers. This book, gives the real backstory that I used to understand this important and neglected part of American history. This is a scholarly book , not ...more
This is a great Gullah 101 lessons for many. The Gullah cuture is hardly known and rapidly diminishing. This is SC history! These wonderful individuals are the backbone of Coastal Carolina. This book helps color the vivid and rich history of the Gullah living & dialect, the thick Soul Food southern cooking, the mystical & haunting religious beliefs, and how they made what SC's history is today! All South Carolina enthusiast, African American studies scholars, and anyone warning to learn ...more