Step It Down Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage
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Edition: 1987 (Reprint)
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Growing up in the rural South, Bessie Jones sang her way through long hours of field work and child tending, entertaining her young companions with chants and riddles or joining them for a rousing evening of ring dances and singing plays. These songs and games, recorded inStep It Downby folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes, capture the shape and color of the crowded, impoverished, life-demanding, and life-loving days of the black family of sixty years ago, revealing the strength and vitality of African and slave traditions in black American life.The power of music and motion to transform a world of scarcity and hardship into one of laughter and joy echoes throughout Bessie Jones's words:"And the…
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 9/1/1987
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.26" long x 0.78" tall