Lay My Burden Down: A Folk History of Slavery

Lay My Burden Down: A Folk History of Slavery

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Author/Editor: Botkin, B.A. (Editor)
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press/ A Phoenix Book
Date: 1958
Binding: Paperback
Condition: USED - Good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and some wear to edges and cover.

These narratives are from the huge collection of life-history and interview material gathered by the Federal Writers’ Project, of which Ben Botkin was folklore editor. In them, the emotional release of holiday parties and camp meetings, the routine of life in the slave quarters and the big house, labor in the fields, the workings of the Underground Railroad, the life of the Negro as a soldier, the Ku Klux Klan, the agony of inhuman beatings, the privations and changes of the years of the Civil War, the joy and bewilderment at the coming of freedom, the philosophizing of old people looking back at lives lived partly in slavery, partly in freedom—all these experiences and many more are woven together to make a new kind of narrative which is both folk history and folk literature.