Notes on Negro Folk-Lore and Witchcraft in the South

Posted: September 6, 2012 in History, Louis Pendleton, Pre Blues

Author: Louis Pendleton

Source: The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 3, No. 10 (Jul. – Sep., 1890), pp. 201-207

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“I HAVE no doubt that in the Southern States have existed many unprinted negro animal myths, similar to those contained in the collection of Mr. Joel Chandler Harris. That the latter were current among the negroes of the South, and were by them related to the children of both races even as late as several years after the war, I know from personal experience.

Some of Uncle Remus’s tales, when I first read them, were already as familiar to me as the commonest  nursery stories. Some of them, on the other hand, were changed almost beyond recognition, clearly showing that with difference of locality may be found a corresponding difference in what must originally have been the same myth.”

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