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Title:
By the work of their hands : studies in Afro-American folklife
Author:
Vlach, John Michael, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, [1991]

©1991
Physical Description:
xviii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Arrival and survival -- Afro-American domestic artifacts in Eighteenth-Century Virginia -- Black craft traditions in Texas -- From gravestone to miracle : traditional perspective and the work of William Edmondson -- Philip Simmons -- "Us quarters fixed fine" : finding black builders in southern history -- Shotgun house -- Afro-American housing in Virginia's landscape of slavery.
ISBN:
9780813913667

9780813913766
Format :
Book

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Central Library NK839.3.A35 V54 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

In this book, America's foremost scholar of African-American folklife revolutionizes our understanding of Afro-American material culture. Bringing to the essays his extensive research into the written, oral, and material sources of Afro-American culture as well as his impressive scholarly knowledge of folklife, social history, anthropology, and art history, Vlach presents the evidence of African influence on black American folklife, both past and present.


Author Notes

John Michael Vlach is Chair of the American Studies Program, Professor of American Civilization and Director of the Folklife Program at George Washington University. He is the author of The Afro-American Tradition in Decorative Arts; Charleston Blacksmith: The Work of Philip Simmons; and Plain Planters: Making Sense of American Art.


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