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Roark Bradford

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1896–1948),

author of stories about blacks and their folklore, whose books include Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun (1928), from which the play The Green Pastures (1930) was adapted;...

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Bradford, Roark Whitney Wickliffe

L. Moody Simms.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Journalism; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers). 853 words.

Bradford, Roark Whitney Wickliffe (21 August 1886–13 November 1948), fiction writer and journalist, was born on his family’s cotton plantation in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, near the...

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Roark Bradford

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1896–1948),

author of stories about blacks and their folklore, whose books include Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun (1928), from which the play The Green Pastures (1930) was adapted;...

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Bradford, Roark (1896–1948)

James D. Hart.

in The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

January 1986; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (American). 80 words.

author of stories about blacks and their folklore, whose books include Ol’ Man Adam an’ His Chillun (1928), from which the play ...

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Bradford, Roark (1896–1948)

James D. Hart and Phillip W. Leininger.

in The Oxford Companion to American Literature

January 1995; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (American). 69 words.

(1896–1948),

author of stories about African Americans and their folklore, whose books include Ol' Man Adam an' His

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<i>Green Pastures, The</i>

James D. Hart.

in The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

January 1986; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (American). 78 words.

play by Marc Connelly, produced and published in 1930, and awarded a Pulitzer Prize, is based on Roark Bradford’s ...

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Ol' Man Adam An' His Chillun

James D. Hart and Phillip W. Leininger.

in The Oxford Companion to American Literature

January 1995; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (American). 27 words.

Negro folk versions of Old Testament stories, written by Roark Bradford and published in 1928. The book suggested The

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Connelly, Marc[us Cook] (1890–1980)

James D. Hart.

in The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

January 1986; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (American). 106 words.

is best known for his play The Green Pastures (1930, Pulitzer Prize), based on Roark Bradford’s stories of the black’s conception of Old Testament history. With ...

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Ol' Man Adam An' His Chillun

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Negro folk versions of Old Testament stories, written by Roark Bradford and published in 1928. The book suggested The Green Pastures.

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hush-mouth <i>adj.</i> (<i>US black</i>)

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 25 words.

secret, silenced.

1929 Roark Bradford This Side of Jordan 132: ‘Dis is a hush-mouf killin',’ he said. ‘He was a

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Green Pastures

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).

Play by Marc Connelly, produced and published in 1930, and awarded a Pulitzer Prize, is based on Roark Bradford's Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun (1928).

Mr. Deshee, a black preacher...

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Lingering in the Black: Faulkner’s Illegible Modernist Sound Melding

Thadious M. Davis and Jay Watson.

in Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas

June 2016; p ublished online September 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 10351 words.

Faulkner clearly paid attention to the trends and directions of modernist writing in the early 1920s, but what is less obvious is how the work of African Americans contributed to his...

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John Henry

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Hero of a cycle of Negro ballads and tall tales, a natchal man,” born in the Black River country, where the sun don't never shine,” who is sometimes a steel driver in the building of the...

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John Henry.

Ted Olson.

in The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 327 words.

The African American blues-ballad John Henry is arguably both the best-known and the greatest traditional American folk song. Its storyline is famous: When a railroad company brings in a...

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Green Pastures, The

Roanne Edwards.

in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 449 words.

First produced as a Broadway musical in 1930, The Green Pastures featured an all-black cast and starred Shakespearean actor Richard B. Harrison in the lead role of De Lawd. The show...

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Jefferson, Blind Lemon

Steven C. Tracy.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1136 words.

blues singer-guitarist, was born on a small farm near Wortham, Texas, the son of Alec Jefferson and Classie Banks, farmers. Because Jefferson was a poor, rural African American, few...

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Anderson, Eddie “Rochester”

George H. Douglas.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1077 words.

radio and movie actor, was born Edward Lincoln Anderson in Oakland, California. Anderson was from a show business family. His father, “Big Ed” Anderson, was a vaudevillian, and his...

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John, Henry (1850 - 1887), Railroad Industry Leader, Legendary Figure, Folk Hero

John Garst.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 2686 words.

“steel-driving man” and legendary hero, may have been a historic person born a slave in Mississippi, Virginia, or some other Southern state. In ballad and legend he is simply “John...

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Musical Theater

Diane Epstein and Kathleen Thompson.

in Black Women in America, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 4812 words.

Women were involved in the creation of black musical theater since the second half of the nineteenth century, a surprising fact given that what we call musical theater did not really...

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Harlem Renaissance: The Vogue of the New Negro

David Levering Lewis.

in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 7582 words.

The Harlem Renaissance was a somewhat forced phenomenon, a cultural nationalism of the parlor, institutionally encouraged and directed by leaders of the national civil rights...

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