Dance, Daryl Cumber, editor. (W.C. Handy, Bessie Smith, Sybil Kein, Zoral Neale, Hurston, Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ralph Ellison, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, John Jasper, Ruth Polk Patterson, Alan Lomax, et al.)FROM MY PEOPLE: 400 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN FOLKLORE. New York W.W. Norton 2002 0393047989 / 9780393047981 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 736 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w and color illustrations. Promotion bookmark laid in. "Folklore displays the heart and soul of a people. African American folklore no only hands down traditions and wisdom through the generations, it tells the history of a people who were banned from reading and writing during slavery. (This anthology) collects a wealth of tales that have survived and been adapted throughout the years, many featuring characters (like Brer' Rabbit) and motifs from Africa. (It) leaves out no genre of folklore, including everything from proverbs and recipes to folk songs and rumors." Chapter headings: Folktales; Folk Music (Spirituals and Other Freedom Songs / Blues / Ballads and Other Folk Songs / Zydeco and Ballads from Louisian Creoles of Color / Rap); The Style of Soul; Folk Arts and Crafts (Carvings and Sculptures / Pottery / Dolls and Other Toys / Musical Instruments / Everyday Objects / Graffiti); Sermons and Other Speeches; Family Folklore and Personal Memorates; Soul Food; Proverbs and Other Memorable Sayings; Folk Rhymes, Work Songs, and Shouts; Riddles and Other Verbal Tests and Contests; Superstitions and Other Folk Beliefs; The Rumor Mill; Techlore. One page with a very small corner crease, small tear in paper at top of front hinge - repaired. Dust jacket has very light wear at top of spine, minor edge wrinkling.