By Lawrence W. Levine

while Black tradition and Black Consciousness first seemed thirty years in the past, it marked a revolution in our knowing of African American historical past. opposite to winning rules on the time, which held that African tradition disappeared speedy lower than slavery and that black american citizens had little crew satisfaction, heritage, or cohesiveness, Levine exposed a cultural treasure trove, illuminating a wealthy and complicated African American oral culture, together with songs, proverbs, jokes, folktales, and lengthy narrative poems known as toasts--work that dated from prior to and after emancipation. the truth that those rules and resources appear so average now's largely due this e-book and the scholarship that in its wake. A landmark paintings that was once a part of the "cultural flip" in American background, Black tradition and Black Consciousness profoundly encouraged a whole iteration of historians and is still learn and taught. For this anniversary reissue, Levine wrote a brand new preface reflecting at the writing of the publication and its position inside of highbrow tendencies in African American and American cultural history.

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