AASP 202 Journal Entry 1 - Candace Hood-Bey Levine pp...

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Candace Hood-Bey Levine pp. 81-101 Levine argues that slave tales were a mechanism utilized by the antebellum blacks to enhance survival among them. Slave tales were compromised of some fiction, personal narratives and contained a historical dimension. The folklore was a telling of local tradition, family history and personal experiences. Often these tales included underlying messages of advice and instruction. Slave tales acted as a secret language among the antebellum blacks. It was customized for the black community and served as not only communal indulgence but additionally as life lessons. These narratives acted as a language through which antebellum blacks could channel power and foresight to aid in the management of their oppression. Levine alludes to many tales in this chapter that illustrate the argument he is making. One of the tales he shares is about a man who insisted to fish on Sunday despite of the warnings of his family and friends that it would bring bad luck to not only to him but all of them. The story goes on to tell how one Sunday, he caught an exotic creature, a hybrid creature, that spoke to him in a human voice. After hearing the creature speak he
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