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Gullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast

Charles Colcock Jones Jr. Foreword by Susan Millar Williams

Publication Year: 2000

In 1888, Charles Colcock Jones Jr. published the first collection of folk narratives from the Gullah-speaking people of the South Atlantic coast, tales he heard black servants exchange on his family's rice and cotton plantation. It has been out of print and largely unavailable until now.

Jones saw the stories as a coastal variation of Joel Chandler Harris's inland dialect tales and sought to preserve their unique language and character. Through Jones' rendering of the sound and syntax of nineteenth-century Gullah, the lively stories describe the adventures and mishaps of such characters as "Buh Rabbit," "Buh Ban-Yad Rooster," and other animals. The tales range from the humorous to the instructional and include stories of the "sperits," Daddy Jupiter's "vision," a dying bullfrog's last wish, and others about how "buh rabbit gained sense" and "why the turkey buzzard won't eat crabs."

Published by: University of Georgia Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Note

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Contents

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pp. vii-ix

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xxxv

When Charles Colcock Jones Jr. learned to talk, his first word was gone. It was a word that would become a refrain during his long, productive life and the unifying theme in his fourteen books...

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I. How Come Buh Alligatur Nebber Sleep Fur From de Ribber Bank

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pp. 1-3

ONE time Buh Rabbit, him meet Buh Alligatur, an eh ax um: "Budder, you tek life berry onconsarne. Enty you come pon trouble some time?" Buh Alligatur, him...

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II. Buh Turkey Buzzud an de Rain

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pp. 4-

Buh Tukrey Buzzud, him yent hab no sense no how. You watch urn. Wen de rain duh po down, eh set on de fench an eh squinch up isself...

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III. How Buh Cooter Fool Buh Deer

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pp. 5-6

Buh Deer, him kin outrun all de tarruh creetur. Buh Cooler, him cant go fast no time. Him kin jis creep, an dat all; but him hab plenty er sense. One day Buh Deer bin a laugh...

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IV. Buh Wolf, Buh Rabbit, an de Tar Baby

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pp. 7-11

Buh Wolf and Buh Rabbit, dem bin lib nabur. De dry drout come. Ebry ting stew up. Water scace. Buh Wolf dig one spring fuh him fuh git water. Buh Rabbit, him too...

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V. Buh Fowl-Hawk an Buh Rooster

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pp. 12-14

Buh Fowl-Hawk, him fly ebry day dis way and dat way ober de Ian, an eh cant fine nuttne fuh eat. Eh hail de Sun one time, an eh tell um eh so hongry...

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VI. Buh Tukrey Buzzud an de King Crab

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pp. 15-17

You notus Buh Tukrey Buzzud. Him lub lamb, an dead cow, an dead horse, an snake, an alligatur, an all kinder varmint. Eh berry lub dead fish too, but eh nebber bodder wid crab. You sabe huccom...

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VII. De King, eh Darter, Buh Wolf, an Buh Rabbit

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pp. 18-19

One time er King hab er pooty Darter. Buh Wolf an Buh Rabbit all two bin a spark at um an a cote um. De sanfly bin berry bad. De King tell Buh Wolf an Buh Rabbit...

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VIII. Buh Pattridge an Buh Rabbit

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pp. 20-21

Buh Pattridge and Buh Rabbit jine compny fuh kill cow. Wen dey done kill um, dey share de meat equel. Buh Pattridge tek one half...

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IX. De Ole Man an de Gallinipper

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pp. 22-

An ole man bin a hunt roccoon in de wood. Eh hab eh dog fuh tree de coon, an eh hatchich fuh chop down de tree. De dog bark. De ole man gone...

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X. Buh Sparruh

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pp. 23-24

Buh Sparruh, him berry leetle, but him lub fur brag. Eh yent much fur wuk. One time de Bluefinch, de Trasher, de Red-Bud, de Jay-Bud, de Pattridge, and de Sparruh...

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XI. Buh Alligatur an Buh Mash-Hen

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pp. 25-26

Buh Alligatur nebber does trubble Buh Mash-hen an eh chillun. Enty, heap a time, you see Buh Mash-hen duh ketch fiddler on de ribber bank close by way Buh Alligatur duh feed...

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XII. Buh Fowl-Hawk an Buh Tukrey Buzzud

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pp. 27-28

Time bin berry harde. Bittle oncommon scace. Buh Fowl-hawk an Buh Tukrey Buzzud, dem bin a sail backwud and forrud in de element, duh look fuh see wuh dem kin pick up...

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XIII. Buh Wolf an Buh Rabbit

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pp. 29-33

Buh Wolf and Buh Rabbit bin a cote de same Gal. De Gal bin rich an berry pooty. Dem tuk tun fuh wisit um. Buh Rabbit, him gone der mornin, and Buh Wolf, him gone der...

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XIV. Buh Wolf an de Two Dinner

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pp. 34-35

Buh Wolf, him binner inwite ter two dinner de same day an de same time: one gen by Cooter Bay, an de tarruh by John Bay. Dem bin bredder, an dem lib on two seprite road wuh...

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XV. Buh Owl an Buh Rooster

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pp. 36-37

Buh Owl, him bin a great music-meker. Him an Buh Rooster bin good fren. Heap er bud blan wisit Buh Rooster house fuh yeddy music an fuh dance. Buh Owl, him sing so...

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XVI. Buh Lion an Buh Goat

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pp. 38-

Buh Lion bin a hunt, an eh spy Buh Goat duh leddown topper er big rock duh wuk eh mout an der chaw. Eh creep up fuh ketch um. Wen eh git close ter urn eh...

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XVII. Buh Bear an Buh Tiger

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pp. 39-41

Buh Bear, him tired lib wid eh farruh an eh fambly, an eh tell eh farruh eh guine way f uh mek eh own libbin, an eh want um f uh gem wuhebber eh hab wuh cummin ter um from de fambly...

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XVIII. Buh Monkey an de Bull-Dog

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pp. 42-44

Ebry body cept Buh Monkey bin full er trouble. On ebry side you yeddy nuttne cept bout trouble. Trouble yuh, trouble day, trouble ebry way. Buh Monkey tell eh wife eh wonder...

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XIX. Buh Elephant an Buh Rooster

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pp. 45-

Buh Elephant, him bin know Buh Rooster berry well. Dem blan roam togerrur, an Buh Rooster blan wake Buh Elephant duh mornin, so eh kin hunt eh bittle befo de jew...

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XX. De Po Man an de Snake

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pp. 46-50

One po Man bin er mek eh libbin long split shingle an cut timber in de swamp. Him hab wife, but no chillun. Ebry day, from sunrise tel sundown, eh day in de swamp der cut...

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XXI. Leely Gal, Buh Alligatur, an de Jay-Bud

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pp. 51-52

A leely Gal bin a gwine home. Eh come ter de ribber bank, an no boat day fuh him f uh git cross. Eh dunno wuffer do. Eh seddown. Eh cry...

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XXII. De Cat, De Rat, De Cheese, an de Fox

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pp. 53-54

De Cat an de Rat, dem fine one big piece er cheese een er closet. Dem cahr um way fuh share um. Dem cant gree how eh fuh dewide, an dem call een de Fox fuh jedge...

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XXIII. Buh Rabbit an de Tarruh Beastises

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pp. 55-58

All de animel conjunct togedder fuh buil house an gedder dem winter perwision. Buh Rabbit prommus fuh help, but wen dem call pon um fuh help...

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XXIV. Buh Wolf, Buh Rabbit, an de Butter

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pp. 59-62

Buh Wolf, him hire Buh Rabbit fuh help um wuk eh crap. Eh crap, eh day een de grass, an Buh Wolf faid eh gwine loss um. Befo dem state der fiel...

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XXV. De Eagle an eh Chillun

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pp. 63-64

De Eagle, him duh er wise bud. Eh mek eh nes on one tall pine tree close de ribber, er de sea, way nuttne kin git at um. Eh saterfy wid two chillun. Eh tek good care er...

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XXVI. Chanticleer an de Ban-Yad Rooster

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pp. 65-67

You nebber bin see er finer bud den Buh Chanticleer. Eh fedder eh glisten same luk silber een de sun. Eh step so high, an eh yent faid nuttne. Wen eh crow you could yeddy...

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XXVII. Buh Rabbit an de Groun-Mole

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pp. 68-70

Day nebber bin a man wuh kin equel Buh Rabbit fuh mek plan fuh lib offer tarruh people bedout wuk isself. Groun-mole, bin berry tick. On ebry side dem bin er root...

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XXVIII. Buh Rabbit an de Rock-Soup

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pp. 71-72

Anurrer way Buh Rabbit hab fuh mek eh libbin bedout wuk bin dis. Eh hab een eh pocket er pooty, smoode rock, bout de size ob er tukrey agg. Wid dem people wuh no...

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XXIX. De Two Fren an de Bear

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pp. 73-74

Two fren, dem bin a mek one journey togerruh. Dem haffer go tru one tick swamp wuh full er bear an edder warmint. Dem prommus fuh tan ter one anurrer, an help one anurrer...

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XXX. De Ole Man an Det

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pp. 75-76

One Ole Man bin berry tired long wuk. Him want fuh stop an tek eh pledjur all day een him house. Eh bex long de Buckra wuh gie um task, an mek um ten ter um...

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XXXI. De King an eh Ring

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pp. 77-81

One time dere was a King wuh bin done git marry, an eh bin hab one fine Ring wuh him bin call eh gagement Ring. Dat King, him bin hab tree serbant wuh wait bout him...

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XXXII. Buh Lion, Buh Rabbit, Buh Fox, an Buh Roccoon

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pp. 82-87

Buh Lion, him bin keep er bank. Een dat bank him hab chicken, en hog, en sheep. Buh Fox, him marry ter Buh Coon darter. Buh Fox...

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XXXIII. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an de Porpus

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pp. 88-91

Ebber sence dat time wen Buh Wolf ketch Buh Rabbit duh tief water outer him spring, an eh bin tie um ter de spakleberry bush an lick um, Buh Rabbit hate Buh...

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XXXIV. De Debble an May Belle

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pp. 92-98

De Debbie, him kin tek all sorter shape fuh cahr out him plan an fool people. Sometime eh mek isself inter wolf fuh kill you sheep. Narruh time eh tek...

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XXXV. De Ole Man an de Coon

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pp. 99-100

One time er rich Buckra hab er senserble ole man serbant wuh come from Afreka. Dis ole nigger bin know ebryting bout ebryting. Nobody could tun...

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XXXVI. Buh Rabbit an de Crawfish

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pp. 101-

Arter Buh Wolf bin lick Buh Rabbit an trow urn een de brier patch case eh ketch urn der tief water outer him spring, Buh Rabbit faid fuh meet...

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XXXVII. Buh Rabbit an Buh Elephunt

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pp. 102-104

You ebber notus say Buh Elephunt yez all de time duh heng down, an eh cant cock um up luk de tarruh creetuh? Eh hinge to eh yez look luk eh broke...

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XXXVIII. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an Buh Possum

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pp. 105-107

Buh Rabbit an Buh Wolf gone long de ribber bank fuh hunt Cooter agg. Dem Cooter blan come outer de water wen de tide high, an dig hole een de san, an lay dem agg...

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XXXIX. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an de Holler Tree

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pp. 108-110

Arter Buh Rabbit bin fool Buh Wolf bout dem Cooler agg, an slip way from Buh Possum, eh faid fuh meet Buh Wolf, an eh walk berry skittish ebry time eh lef eh...

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XL. Buh Rabbit an de Cunjur Man

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pp. 111-113

Buh Rabbit greedy fuh hab mo sense den all de tarruh animel. Eh yent lub fuh wuk, an eh try heap er scheme fuh git eh libbin outer edder people by fool...

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XLI. Buh Rabbit, Buh Fox, an de Fisherman

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pp. 114-117

Buh Rabbit es er soon man. You haffer git up befo day fuh head um. Wayebber you fine um, eh yez cock up fuh yeddy ebryting wuh duh gwine on. Eh nose duh twis...

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XLII. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an de Yearlin

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pp. 118-119

Buh Rabbit an Buh Wolf come inter cohoot f uh kill cow. Dem gone een de paster an pick out one fat yearlin, an run um down, an ketch um, an cut eh troat. Den dem...

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XLIII. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, de Dog, an de Goose

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pp. 120-121

Arter dat time wen Buh Rabbit bin play dat trick on Buh Wolf an ride um up ter de Gal house wuh dem all two bin er cote, Buh Wolf berry bex long...

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XLIV. Buh Squirle an Buh Fox

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pp. 122-123

Buh Squirle bin berry busy duh gedder hickry not on de groun fuh pit way fuh feed ehself an eh fambly duh winter time. Buh Fox bin er watch um, an befo Buh Squirle...

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XLV. Buh Rabbit, Buh Wolf, an de Buckra Man

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pp. 124-126

Er Buckra man bin hab er gang er sheep. Ebry now an den eh miss one. Eh sarche eh fiel, an eh see Buh Wolf track day, an eh mek up eh mine say him bin er de one...

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XLVI. Buh Rabbit an Buh Wolf Funeral

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pp. 127-129

Buh Rabbit fool Buh Wolf so many time, an een sich diffrunt fashion, dat eh outdone wid um. Ebry time eh try fuh ketch um fuh lick um, Buh Rabbit somehow...

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XLVII. De New Nigger an eh Mossa

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pp. 130-131

Er New Nigger notus say eh Mossa heap er time duh seddown wid eh foot cross, yent duh say nuttne an yent duh do nuttne, wen him haffer wuk all de time...

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XLVIII. Buh Rabbit an de King Darter

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pp. 132-133

Dere was er King wuh bin hab er pooty Darter, an heap er people bin er cote urn* De gal couldnt mek up eh mine which one fuh tek, an so eh ax eh farruh fuh...

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XLIX. De Single Ball

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pp. 134-135

Er Buckra man bin berry lub fuh hunt deer. Eh nussen fuh brag too. Eh hab er Serbant wuh always gone wid um der wood fuh dribe de deer. Him bin berry fond er eh Mossa...

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L. Buh Roccoon an Buh Possum

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pp. 136-

Buh Roccoon ax Buh Possum wuh mek, wen de dog tackle um, eh double up ehself, an kibber eh yeye wid eh ban, an wunt fight lucker man...

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LI. Buh Wolf, Buh Rabbit, an de Rain

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pp. 137-139

Buh Wolf bin er set een de do er him house duh play eh fiddle. Lord er massy! how dat animel did mek dat fiddle talk! Buh Wolf yeye shet tight...

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LII. Buh Alligatuh, Buh Rabbit, an Buh Wolf

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pp. 140-143

Buh Rabbit, him bin er tief Buh Alligatuh agg. Buh Alligatuh ketch um topper eh nes. Eh graff um an eh pit um een one crocus bag, an eh tie...

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LIII. De Dyin Bull-Frog

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pp. 144-

One time er ole Bull-Frog bin berry sick an spectin fuh dead. All eh fren een de pon collec roun um an eh fambly, fuh nuss um an tek dem las look at um...

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LIV. Buh Rabbit, Buh Pattridge, an de Cow

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pp. 145-146

Buh Rabbit, him berry greedy, an him lub fuh tell lie. Him an Buh Pattridge mek greement fuh kill Cow. Buh Pattridge ax Buh Rabbit...

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LV. De Fiddler, Buh Tiger, an Buh Bear

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pp. 147-148

Long time ago dere bin er Ebo man wuh bin er great fiddler. Eh know better den all dem tarruh people wuffer do long fiddle. Wen eh lean back, an shet eh yeye...

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LVI. De Ole King an de Noung King

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pp. 149-150

Er ole King yeddy say dem gwine pit er noung King een him place. De ting worry um an mek um hex. Eh want f uh keep eh trone: so eh gen order...

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LVII. Buh Goat an Buh Wolf

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pp. 151-154

Buh Goat berry faid tunder an lightnin an rain. One day big tunder storm rise een de wes, an eh rain, an eh lightnin, an eh hail. Buh Goat an eh wife...

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LVIII. Dentistry at the Old Plantation Home

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pp. 155-160

The incident which we relate occurred some forty years ago at one of those beautiful plantations in the swamp-region of Georgia, where the magnolia grandiflora and the...

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LIX. The Negro and the Alligator

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pp. 161-168

Foremost among the reptiles which excited the curiosity and aroused the fears of the Georgia colonists, upon their first acquaintance with them, were the alligators...

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LX. Sperits

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pp. 169-176

Among the negroes of the coast region of Georgia and the Carolinas a belief in the existence of ghosts, "sperits," and superhuman influences was very general...

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LXI. Daddy Jupiter's Vision / Glossary

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pp. 177-231

Daddy Jupiter was an old man when I first knew him. In the capacity of a body servant he had accompanied his master during the campaign of...


E-ISBN-13: 9780820343556
E-ISBN-10: 0820322164
Print-ISBN-13: 9780820322162

Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2000