Congo Square: African Roots in New
Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans comprises the first comprehensive study of one of the New World's most sacred sites of African American memory and community. Beginning in the eighteenth century, enslaved Africans and free people of color gathered in Congo Square on Sunday afternoons discontinuously for well over one hundred years. This book presents accounts and descriptions of the songs, dances, musical instruments, religious beliefs, and marketing traditions that typified those gatherings. Also included are examples of similar practices that existed in Haiti, Cuba, and other parts of the West Indies, reflecting New Orleans' relationship with Caribbean countries and shedding light on Congo Square's role in extending and perpetuating African music and dance in North America. The amalgamation of those practices influenced indigenous New Orleans performance styles as well performance forms on the national level.Written in a language accessible to the general public and students on the undergraduate as well as secondary level, this book includes an innovative timeline, maps, graphic images, extensive endnotes, and bibliographic references. This distinguishes it as an exceptional teaching resource for Louisiana as well as African American history and culture across the cur...
- ASIN: 1935754033
- ASIN: B006MONSFC
Freedom in Congo Square (Charlotte Zolotow
Chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016, this poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history captures a human's capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances and demonstrates how New Orleans' Congo Square was truly freedom's heart.Mondays, there were hogs to slop,mules to train, and logs to chop.Slavery was no ways fair.Six more days to Congo Square.As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square. This book will have a forward from Freddi Williams Evans (freddievans.com), a historian and Congo Square expert, as well as a glossary of terms with pronunciations and definitions.AWARDS:A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016: Nonfiction...
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- ASIN: 1499801033 Part No: illustrations
- ASIN: B002BPPZNY
From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances and the Origins of the Mardi Gras
From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances and the Origins of the Mardi Gras Indians presents a provocatively new interpretation of one of New Orleans’s most enigmatic traditions—the Mardi Gras Indians. By interpreting the tradition in an Atlantic context, Dewulf traces the “black Indians” back to the ancient Kingdom of Kongo and its war dance known as sangamento. Enslaved Kongolese brought the rhythm, dancing moves, and feathered headwear of sangamentos to the Americas in performances that came to be known as “Kongo dances.” By comparing Kongo dances on the African island of São Tomé with those in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Louisiana, Dewulf demonstrates that the dances in New Orleans’s Congo Square were part of a much broader Kongolese performance tradition. He links that to Afro-Catholic mutual-aid societies that honored their elected community leaders or “kings” with Kongo dances. While the public rituals of these brotherhoods originally thrived in the context of Catholic procession culture around Epiphany and Corpus Christi, they transitioned to carnival as a result of growing orthodoxy within the Church. Dewulf’s groundbreaking research suggests a much greater impact of Kongolese traditions and of popular Catholicism on the develop...
- ASIN: B079QTJLGG
The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo
Named one of the Top 10 Books of 2008 by The Times-Picayune. Winner of the 2009 Humanities Book of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.Awarded the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for 2008. New Orleans is the most elusive of American cities. The product of the centuries-long struggle among three mighty empires--France, Spain, and England--and among their respective American colonies and enslaved African peoples, it has always seemed like a foreign port to most Americans, baffled as they are by its complex cultural inheritance. The World That Made New Orleans offers a new perspective on this insufficiently understood city by telling the remarkable story of New Orleans’s first century--a tale of imperial war, religious conflict, the search for treasure, the spread of slavery, the Cuban connection, the cruel aristocracy of sugar, and the very different revolutions that created the United States and Haiti. It demonstrates that New Orleans already had its own distinct personality at the time of Louisiana’s statehood in 1812. By then, important roots of American music were firmly planted in its urban swamp--especially in the dances at Congo Square, where enslaved Africans and African Americans appeared en masse on...
- Brand: Brand: Chicago Review Press
- ASIN: 1556529589 Part No: 9781556529580
- ASIN: B003PVWFP4
Congo Square (Live)
- ASIN: B001EWMM9K
Come Sunday: A Young Reader s History of Congo
Come Sunday is an image-driven book for middle grade students that provides culturally relevant content and parallel histories of Congo Square and New Orleans; historical background on present-day cultural practices; and over one hundred images and primary documents that promote critical thinking.Like windows into the past, these primary documents and images allow readers to get as close as possible to what life was like during the time of the gatherings in Congo Square. The photographs, newspaper ads, city ordinances, eye-witness reports, rhythmic patterns, and song lyrics enable readers to analyze, compare, and think critically about the information presented. This process develops a deeper understanding of the people and events that shaped the history of New Orleans s Congo Square. This book supports standards and benchmarks in social studies and language arts, and it invites discussions, cross curriculum instruction, and extended learning opportunities.
- ASIN: 1946160105
- ASIN: B001NZX8HI
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Great White - Congo Square
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The Story of Congo Square New Orleans (Pilot Doc.)
The evolution of Jazz didn't just start in New Orleans Louisiana. It was the importation of the African slaves which made it possible exposing Africa's drumming and dance culture to the Europeans. It all started in the Congo Square.
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