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Down by the riverside : a South Carolina slave community

Charles W. Joyner (Author)
"In Down by the Riverside, Charles Joyner takes readers on a journey back in time, up the Waccamaw River through the Lowcountry of South Carolina, past abandoned rice fields once made productive by the labor of enslaved Africans, past rice mills and forest clearings into the antebellum world of All Saints Parish. In this slave community, and many others like it, the slaves created a new language, a new religion--indeed, a new culture--from African traditions and American circumstances. From the letters, diaries, and memoirs of the plantation whites and their guests, from quantitative analysis of census and probate records, and above all from slave folklore and oral history, Joyner has recovered an entire society and its way of life. His careful reconstruction of daily life in All Saints Parish is an inspiring testimony to the ingenuity and solidarity of a people who endured in the face of adversity."--The publisher's description
Print Book, English, 1984
University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1984
xxii, 345 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
9780252010583, 9780252013058, 0252010582, 0252013050
"Down by the riverside"
"All dem rice field"
"Sit at the welcome table"
"Off times"
"Come by here, Lord"
"All de bes' story"
Gullah: A Creole language
"My time up with you."