Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom
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When Black Culture and Black Consciousness first appeared in 1977, 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 little group pride, history, or cohesiveness, Levine uncovered a cultural treasure trove, illumina...more
Paperback, First paperback edition, 544 pages
Published February 9th 1978 by Oxford University Press (first published 1977)
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Mquin Quintana
Lawrence Levine explores and assesses the thought of black Americans from the early days of slavery down to the 1940s through an analysis of such materials of Afro-American expressive culture as songs, folk tales, proverbs, aphorisms, jokes, verbal games . . . toasts, and dance.

During slavery the African mode of perceiving "Man, Nature, and God as a unity: distinct but inseparable aspects of a sacred whole" and of perceiving God as ''personal, intimate, and immediate," dominated the Afro-America...more
Mar 04, 2011 Nik marked it as to-read
It's a pity this book has so few reviews. I ran across it in a google search for a sample used at the beginning of Erykah Badu's 'My People' (New Amerykah Part 1). The quote I was searching for was in one of those google books preview. This probably doesn't seem necessary to some, but I'd like to remember this. -___-

I'll come back and write a proper review once I've read.
Really great read, however, it really needs to be edited!
Jennifer Smoliga
Very interesting but very hard to read. It had a lot of great stories but some were so drawn out that it was hard to keep interested. It had a lot of history and gave a perspective into a different world.
Isaac Holloway
This book is rightfully a landmark text. Well researched and pact with facts this text covers black music, black humor and black heros. I've gave this text 3 stars b/c at times this book was really just a chore to read as is with most academic centered text. I really felt like i was reading something by somebody that got paid by the word. I don't know whether its an issue of the writing style or me just losing interest after the 7th or 8th example of a particular concept. Anyways still a worthy...more
Essential reading in my opinion. I was forced by an American Studies class, and have never regretted taking that class. Not an easy read but worth it for the education in a culture about which many are ignorant.
I was OBSESSED with this book. The section on Black humor had me laughing and smiling the whole time.
Oct 21, 2007 Lacey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
read this book. it's incredibly insightful and a fabulous cultural history. read it! read it!
Jan 20, 2011 Katie marked it as to-read
pg. 262 discusses movement and travel as ultimate signal of freedom
Classic. Sturdy. Great.
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Lawrence William Levine was a celebrated American historian. He was born in Manhattan and died in Berkeley, California.

A model of the engaged scholar throughout his life, Levine lived both his scholarship and his politics. From the very outset, he immersed himself in the political life of Berkeley – in, for example, a sleep-in in the rotunda of the state capitol in Sacramento to press for fair hou...more
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