Congaree Sketches. Scenes from Negro Life in the Swamps of the Congaree and Tales by Tad and Scip of Heaven and Hell with Other Miscellany.
First edition of this collection of tales of folklore from the Carolinas. Congaree Sketches is described by the publisher as “A collection of authentic stories of Negro life in South Carolina ... written in excellent dialect, these tales deal with old superstition’s the Negro’s idea of heaven and hell and those on their way to each, and with the Negro’s reaction his relation to the white man.”
The Introduction by Paul Green is intriguing; it is less referential to the book and more so a lengthy essay celebrating the African American leaders, W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, and describing the African American as coming into his own, emerging from dark to light, to stand proudly, as equals with his/her white American counterpart, praising a world filled with the likes of Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, Countee Cullen, Alain Locke, James Weldon, et al.
Description: Congaree Sketches. Scenes from Negro Life in the Swamps of the Congaree and Tales by Tad and Scip of Heaven and Hell with Other Miscellany.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1927. 116 pages. First trade edition. Cloth. Fine in a very good pictorial dust jacket.