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By Jane C. Beck

A daughter of freed African American slaves, Daisy Turner turned a residing repository of background. The kinfolk narrative entrusted to her--"a well-polished artifact, an heirloom that have been conscientiously preserved"--began one of the Yoruba in West Africa and persisted together with her personal century and extra of life.


In 1983, folklorist Jane Beck begun a chain of interviews with Turner, then 100 years previous and nonetheless pertaining to 4 generations of oral background. Beck makes use of Turner's storytelling to construct the Turner kin saga, utilizing at its beginning the oft-repeated touchstone tales on the center in their reports: the kidnapping into slavery of Turner's African ancestors; Daisy's father Alec Turner studying to learn; his go back as a soldier to his former plantation to kill his former overseer; and Daisy's adolescence stand opposed to racism. different tales re-create enslavement and her father's existence in Vermont--in brief, the diversity of lifestyles occasions huge and small, transmitted through capacity so alive as to incorporate voice inflections. Beck, whilst, weaves in old study and provides a folklorist's standpoint on oral heritage and the hazards--and uses--of memory.

Publication of this booklet is supported by way of provides from the Andrew W. Mellon origin and the L. J. and Mary C. Skaggs Folklore Fund.

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