Strange Tales of the American South

Stories from African-American culture.

Coastal Georgia Slavery and Gullah Culture

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

History of Coastal Georgia slavery on Sea Island plantations around the Civil War. Slave descendants would later become the Gullah people.

Uncle Remus Tales and Joel Chandler Harris

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Uncle Remus author and famed folklorist Joel Chandler Harris, a look at his life and classic writings.

Coastal Georgia Slavery and Ibo Landing

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

History of Ibo Landing, St. Simons Island, Georgia and slavery on Georgia Sea Island plantations around the Civil War. Slave descendants would later become the Gullah people.

Gullah Culture, Federal Writer’s Project (FWP) and The Boo Hag

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Gullah cultures of Sapelo Island and coastal Georgia, plus the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), a Great Depression-era federal project to fund and support writers as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Gullah Culture, Federal Writer’s Project (FWP) and The Plat Eye

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Gullah cultures of Sapelo Island and coastal Georgia, plus the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), a Great Depression-era federal project to fund and support writers as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

The Barefoot Woman

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Trixster folktale from Alabama about how the Devil uses a powerful female temptation to try splitting apart a lovey-dovey couple. One of our favorites!

The Click-Bok Tree

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

African-American slave folktale about a mysterious tree from Africa and the magic it unleashes on a cruel plantation owner.

A Beloved Teacher

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Ghostly tale from coastal Georgia about a mysterious grave marker and the brave woman who lies there.

All God’s Chillun Had Wings

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Classic African-American tale about the undying belief of slaves that they would one day fly back to Africa in the face of brutal oppression.

How Brer Coon Gets His Meat

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Uncle Remus tale from African American folklore of how crafty Brer Rabbit and his friend Brer Coon get themselves an easy dinner. Written by Joel Chandler Harris.

Ibo Landing

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Famous African-American ghost story of a haunted marsh in St. Simons Island, Georgia where the Ibo IIgbo) tribe bravely resisted being sold into slavery.

I Don’t Feel Dead Yet!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

African-American ghost story from Louisiana about a poor widow who wants to get on her with her life – if only her husband would stay dead!

Mississippi Rose: A Mississippi Ghost Story

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Mississippi ghost story about a young boy’s encounter with a strange girl who suddenly appears near his family’s farm.

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