9780820309606-0820309605-Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage (Brown Thrasher Books Ser.)

Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage (Brown Thrasher Books Ser.)

ISBN-13: 9780820309606
ISBN-10: 0820309605
Author: Hawes, Bess Lomax, Jones, Bessie
Publication date: 1987
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Format: Paperback 256 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780820309606
ISBN-10: 0820309605
Author: Hawes, Bess Lomax, Jones, Bessie
Publication date: 1987
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Format: Paperback 256 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Hawes, Bess Lomax, Jones, Bessie wrote Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage (Brown Thrasher Books Ser.) comprising 256 pages back in 1987. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0820309605 and 9780820309606. Since then Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage (Brown Thrasher Books Ser.) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 0.30 or rent at the marketplace.

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Growing up in the rural South, Bessie Jones sang her way through long hours of field work and child tending, entertaining her young companions with chants and riddles or joining them for a rousing evening of ring dances and singing plays. These songs and games, recorded in Step It Down by folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes, capture the shape and color of the crowded, impoverished, life-demanding, and life-loving days of the black family of sixty years ago, revealing the strength and vitality of African and slave traditions in black American life.

The power of music and motion to transform a world of scarcity and hardship into one of laughter and joy echoes throughout Bessie Jones's words:

"And the other childrens and I would go in the bottom and have a frolic, instead of going to bed. I was just up for that singing, and I remembered they used to say . . . 'Come on, Lizzie!' and we'd go down a way and we'd have a dance. Oh it was pretty. . . . You know, it was just as good as the blues―better, better in a way. When the old folks would go to work or go off or something, we'd put on them long dresses and, boy, we'd have a time."

Step It Down weaves together the lyrics, music, and description of traditional Afro-American children's songs as well as Jones's comments on their meaning and "feel." Whether reciting "Tom, Tom, Greedy Gut" or demonstrating the more complex steps of "Ranky Tank" and "Buzzard's Lope," Bessie Jones always viewed the amusements of the young as preparation for adult roles and relationships, and as a teacher, she developed her own philosophy of how a black child is socialized into the larger community. Grounded in the values of black society, her songs taught children about cooperative interaction and mutual concern, not about competition and individual achievement, showing them how to create fun out of nothing more than their hands, feet, voices, and imaginations.

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