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"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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The Swahili: Reconstructing the History and Language of an African Society, 800-1500 (Paperback)

The Swahili: Reconstructing the History and Language of an African Society, 800-1500

Elderly couple from Bern, North Carolina (ca. 1890).

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Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery and photographed more than seventy years after being freed

The last faces of American slavery: Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery and photographed more than 70 years after being freed.

Postcards of Fredy and Rudy Walker from the early part of the 20th century. From the site "Cakewalk - From the U.S. to Parisian Dance Halls 1800s- 1920s."

Its Cold Outside | 1890 by Black History Album, via Flickr

Boys with Banjo by Black History Album, via Flickr

LOST CREEK SETTLEMENT: Ex-slaves, whose descendants settled in Lost Creek Settlement, near Terre Haute, Indiana. Their descendants still live in Lost Creek Township. (Photograph courtesy Walter and Beulah Edwards and the Indiana Historical Society)