Charles Joyner: Down by the Riverside

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An inspiring testimony to the ingenuity and solidarity of a people who endured in the face of adversityThis anniversary edition of Joyner's landmark study includes a new introduction in which the author recounts is process of writing the book reflects on its critical and popular reception and surveys the path of scholarship in slave istory in the decades since the book's first publicatio.

Summary Down by the Riverside

New religion indeed a new culture from African traditions and American circumstancesFrom the letters diaries and memoirs of the plantation whites and their guests from uantitative analysis of census and probate records and above all from slave folklore and oral istory Joyner as recovered an entire society and its way of life His careful reconstruction of daily life in All Saints Parish is.

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