"CAKEWALK" | It's origins in Slavery, the "cakewalk" mocked the rich folks in the "Big House," and southern high-society. Bowing, bending and a high-stepping promenade were characteristic of the dance. In many instances the Cakewalk was performance, and even competition. The dance would be held at the master’s house on the plantation and he would serve as judge. The dance’s name comes from the cake that would be awarded to the winning couple.
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Resting the mules which get too hot when the cotton is high in mid-summer cultivation; King and Anderson Plantation, near Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi, August 1940. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Photographs and Prints Division.
Born in Slavery:Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’Project,1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives:A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.
LOUIS FOWLER, 84, was born a Slave, in Macon County, Georgia. Fowler did not take his father's name, but that of his stepfather...'bout my pappy, I lets you judge. Look at my hair. De color am red, ain't it? My beard am red and my eyes is brown and my skin am light yellow. Now, who does you think my pappy was? You don't know, of course, but I knows, 'cause on dat plantation am a man dat am over six feet tall and his hair as red as a brick." (Texas Slave Narratives 1937)
EASTER, a former Slave at the Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island, Florida. (Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938).
The SOULS OF BLACK FOLK | by W.E. Burghardt Du Bois examines the years following the Civil War. Du Bois describes the legal system and tenant farming system as only slightly removed from slavery. He also examines African American religion from its origins in African society, through its development in slavery, to the formation of the Baptist and Methodist churches and how racial prejudice impacts individuals. Du Bois concludes his book with an essay on African American spirituals.
During this chapter we have been studying the lives of plantation slaves. Your project is to reconstruct a replica of a traditional slave cabin sim...