Discovering My Southern Legacy
Slave Culture and the American South
Author(s): Deirdre Foreman
Explore the cultural legacy of enslaved Africans in the American South through the autobiographical lens of one descendant and her family.
Collection: Black Studies
 Publication Date  Available in all formats
ISBN 9781915271679
  Pages 155





What was the cultural legacy of enslaved Africans in the American South, and how has that legacy been handed through generations?

For author Deirdre Foreman, this question is a very personal one: in this book, she explores the cultural legacy of enslaved Africans in the American South through an ethno-autobiographical reflection on her own African-American identity and family heritage. Through storytelling and personal narratives, the author describes her family’s cultural practices and how they are directly rooted in those of the enslaved Africans on the southern plantations. Known as “cultural survivors,” enslaved Africans established cultural customs and norms out of resistance to the control of white slaveholders to maintain their independence and pride.

Ideal reading for students of Black studies, African American studies, Africana studies, and related courses, this autoethnography humanizes and personalizes concepts that are crucial to the understanding of Black culture and Black history.

Discovering My Southern Legacy
A message from the author
Copyright Page
Notes on language and content
1 Ghana
Learning objectives
2 The “Big House”
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Childhood memory
3 Tobacco field
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Childhood memory
4 Farming and gardening
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Farming practices in the Northern Region of Ghana
Question 1
Please tell me your knowledge of farming in Ghana.
Question 2
What types of crops are predominately grown in Ghana?
Question 3
Please tell me more about the farming practices in Ghana.
Question 4
How many regions are there in the Northern Region of Ghana? In which region is the shea butter grown?
Question 5
How else would you describe the farming process in the Northern Region?
Question 6
What does “bush people” mean? Does it mean that they are uneducated?
Question 7
Are these people skilled in the types of jobs that are offered in Accra and Kumasi? What are the jobs that they come to do?
Childhood memory
Sweet potatoes and tomatoes
5 Bare feet
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Childhood memory
6 Cornrows
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7 Linguistic Africanisms
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Childhood memory
Recommended discussion topics
Appendix: A multidimensional theoretical model
Recommended further reading

Deirdre Foreman PhD is Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies and Social Science, and Associate Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund program at Ramapo College of New Jersey. An anti-racist trainer and diversity consultant, Foreman is also a visiting professor at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana; President of Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Manhattan Branch; and a member of both the Association for the Study of the Worldwide Diaspora (ASWAD) and the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DIOP).

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