Rainbow Round My Shoulder

Rainbow Round My Shoulder : The Blue Trail of Black Ulysses

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"The Black Ulysses" trilogy presents a compendium of African American folklore collected by pioneer sociologist/folklorist, Howard W. Odum. The trilogy collects stories, songs, and folktales, which Odum uses to weave the narrative of his chief informant, John Wesley Gordon (Black Ulysses) as he travels the country, fights in World War I, and returns to the South. Odum's character demonstrates the extent to which folklore subjects and folklore style were part of his daily life. The book partially anticipates Zora Neale Hurston's "Mules and Men" (1935), which placed folk materials in a narrative connected to Hurston. Odum, however, steps back from the narrative and allows his character to speak in a rich and energetic dialect. "Rainbow Round My Shoulder" presents a feisty, inventive, marginalized folk hero with a zest for life.
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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 134.6 x 205.7 x 33mm | 544.32g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 22 b&w photos
  • 0253218543
  • 9780253218544

About Howard W. Odum

Howard W. Odum (1884 1954) was a sociologist, known in academic circles for his studies of the South. Others knew him for his collections of black folksongs The Negro and His Songs (1925) and Negro Workaday Songs (1926) prepared in collaboration with Guy B. Johnson and for three "novels" based on the life of a black laborer and known collectively as the Black Ulysses Trilogy.Steven C. Tracy is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst."
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Table of contents

1. A Twelve-String Laura in the Rough; 2. Remembering First Things; 3. Changing Scenes and Broken Homes; 4. Since I Laid My Burden Down; 5. Beginning His Own Odyssey; 6. Breaking Up This Jamboree; 7. Reason I Stay on Job So Long; 8. Billy Bob Russell and Outlaw Camps; 9. Gambling for My Honey; 10. One High Yellow an' Two Teasin' Browns; 11. Don't You Two-Time Me; 12. Don't Write Me No Letter Don't Send Me No Word; 13. Outlaw Boys and Finish Fights; 14. Tall Tales and Joree Jaw; 15. Blue Jim and Black Buzzard; 16. Freezin' Ground Was My Foldin' Bed; 17. A Travelin' Man; 18. Blues on My Mind; 19. I'm Gonna Buy Me Magnified Lantern; 20. Never Look Back Bloodhound on My Track; 21. Oh, Lord, White Man, What Have I Done?; 22. I Got Rainbow Tied Round My Shoulder
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