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Editors and writers debated the authenticity of the narratives, the use of dialect, and who was qualified to interview subjects. Those employing the concepts of James C. Using Florida as a case study, Stewart describes in detail the ways in which these tensions played out. Stewart gives particular focus to folklorists Sterling Brown, John Lomax, and Zora Neale Hurston, who played major roles in the project but with considerable controversy. Stewart history, Cornell Coll.

Racism and capitalism made for easy bedfellows. Long Past Slavery will be available for purchase in the Newberry Bookstore. Throughout the Ex-Slave Project, however, African-American writers struggled to present readers with an alternative representation of black history and identity. Taking his recording equipment into segregated penitentiaries, which he imagined as incubators of hermetic black culture, Lomax had wardens force reluctant inmates to sing for him.

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But in this examination of the project and its legacy, Catherine A. Related Events and Resources. Open to the Public Listen to the audio of this program. Eschewing cumbersome dialect, these writers emphasized the political sophistication and economic achievements of their informants.

Zora Neale Hurston and black folk culture Chapter Seven. In searching for the essence of blackness, Hurston diverged from African American assimilationists like Sterling Brown who sought to privilege class over race. Historians of folklore may see this as piquant illustration of D. Stewart devotes two chapters to the racial attitudes and influence of a pair of folklorists involved with the Ex-Slave Project, John Lomax and Zora Neale Hurston.

At the same time, the interviewees grasped the rare opportunity to make their voices heard, refuting saccharine southern nostalgia, even if only indirectly. Stewart compels readers to rethink a prominent archive used to construct that history.

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