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Piersen, William Dillon 1942-

Overview
Works: 5 works in 36 publications in 1 language and 7,200 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E169.1, 973.0496073
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by William Dillon Piersen
Black legacy : America's hidden heritage by William Dillon Piersen( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on a vast wealth of evidence - folktales, oral histories, religious rituals, and music - this book explores the pervasive if often unacknowledged influence of African traditions on American life. The result is a bold reinterpretation of American history that disrupts conventional assumptions and turns racial stereotypes inside out. William D. Piersen begins by examining a series of African and African-American oral narratives that interpret the experience of slavery from a distinctly black perspective. Centered on issues of moral truth, these tales bear witness to the meaning and human cost of the slave trade as perceived by those who were its victims. Piersen then analyzes the ways in which enslaved Africans adapted their rich cultural heritage to the new circumstances they were forced to endure. He shows, for example, how they imaginatively - and often aggressively - devised forms of public satire to resist white authority. He traces the transfer of traditional African medical knowledge to the Americas and demonstrates that in antebellum America many black healers were more skilled than their white counterparts. He further shows how African customs helped shape the evolving contours of American culture - particularly in the South - from holiday celebrations, musical traditions, and architectural styles to modes of speech, habits of work, and ways of cooking. The black legacy to America even extended, ironically, to the Ku Klux Klan, whose founders imitated masking traditions handed down from West African secret societies. By reestablishing the forgotten cultural links between Africa and America, this study enriches our understanding of American history and is a powerful testament to the legacy of African culture in American life
From Africa to America : African American history from the Colonial era to the early Republic,1526-1790 by William Dillon Piersen( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the presence of Africans in America from 1526, when the slaves of a Spanish expedition rebelled and settled among local Native Americans
Black Yankees : the development of an Afro-American subculture in eighteenth-century New England by William Dillon Piersen( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book ... is not so much a history of slavery in the Northeast as it is a historical study of the building of American culture ... "The geographical scope of this study is nominally 'New England, ' but areas encompassing the present states of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire (excluding Rockingham County) receive scant attention because in the 1700s these areas lacked significant black populations. ... the areas of greatest attention--Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts ... "Introd., p. [ix], xi
Afro-American culture in eighteenth century New England : a comparative examination by William Dillon Piersen( )

5 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black Yankees : the development of an Afro-American subculture in eighteenth-century New England by William Dillon Piersen( )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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From Africa to America : African American history from the Colonial era to the early Republic,1526-1790
Alternative Names
Piersen, William Dillon 1942-

Languages
English (32)

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Black Yankees : the development of an Afro-American subculture in eighteenth-century New EnglandBlack Yankees : the development of an Afro-American subculture in eighteenth-century New England