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A history of black America's supernatural beliefs from the colonial era to today From black sorcerers' client-based practices in the antebellum South to the postmodern revival of hoodoo and its tandem spiritual supply stores, the supernatural has been a key component of the African American experience. Jeffrey E. Anderson unfolds a fascinating story as he traces the origins and evolution of conjuring practices across the centuries. What began as a mixture of African, European, and Native American influences within slave communities finds expression today in a multi-million-dollar business. Though some may see the study of conjure as a perpetuation of old stereotypes that depict blacks as slaves to superstition, the truth, Anderson notes, is far more complex. Drawing on folklore, fiction and nonfiction, music, art, and oral interviews, he explores various portrayals of the conjurer - backward buffoon, rebel against authority, and symbol of racial pride.

He also examines the actual work performed by conjurers, including the use of pharmacologically active herbs to treat illness, psychology to ease mental ailments, fear to bring about the death of enemies and acquittals at trials, and advice to encourage clients to succeed on their own. Conjure's ability to merge supernaturalism and religion has made it a force across generations, Anderson shows, and not only among blacks. By critically examining the many influences that have shaped conjure over time, he effectively redefines magic as a cultural power, one that has profoundly touched the arts, black Christianity, and American society overall.

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Jeffrey E. Anderson is an assistant professor of history at the University of Louisiana in Monroe.

Jeffrey E. Anderson is an assistant professor of history at Middle Georgia College and lives in Cochran.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2389 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr (1 Dec. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z0CCDA
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