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On the Plantation

Joel Chandler Harris

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . you fer ter keep yo’ two eyes on ‘im, an’ when he say come, you come, an’ when he say go, you go.’ I’low, ‘’hey, big nigger man! what de matter?’ an’ he ‘spon’ back, ‘I done tole you, an’ I ain’t gwine tell you no mo’. So dar you got it, Marse Joe, an’ dat de way it stan’s.”

And so it happened that, humble as these negroes were, they had it in their power to smooth many a rough place in Joe Maxwell’s life. The negro women looked after him with almost motherly care, and pursued him with kindness, while the men were always ready to contribute to his pleasure.


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Okay I know, before I even start this that there are already a TON of people who are morally opposed to this book on the grounds that it is racially derrogatory. I happen to disagree. As a child of the south, I grew up hearing all the Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox stories and they have not damaged me or

I read this for my grad-level folklore class, so my approach to the book was predominantly critical. However, I was surprised by the intricacy of the tales and genuinely enjoyed many of them. Brer Rabbit is an authentic Afro-American figure, evolved from the the trickster hare character of African f

As Uncle Remus says about his brand of syrup, "Dis sho' am good."
Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings is a fascinating read that splits opinions like no other. On the one hand you have people saying things like:

“As the racial stereotypes of the nineteenth century are inappropri

Interesting read

I’ve wanted to pick this up for some time, I’m glad I finally did. The book took some getting used to as the dialect is difficult to read straight from the page. I found myself whisper reading to make sense of what was on the page. Unfortunately I feel like I missed some of the tales

If you can get past the politically incorrect language, there is a lot of wisdom in these simple stories.

This is a charming collection of stories of talking animals especially Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox that get into various scrapes, similar to Aesop's Fables, told by old Uncle Remus to a little boy long ago - in the "mythical" South. The illustrations are great! This is the book for anyone who's ever wo

I loved this book and although I've seen portions of the movie here in the states I don't think I've ever seen the whole thing and last I heard never will. Its sad if you ask me because it depends on what you choose to focus on and if you focus on the fact it places slavery in a good light which I'v

I had read a few of the Brer Rabbit stories as a kid; this collection included not just the Brer Animal stories, but also all of the (even more) terribly offensive Uncle Tom stories of Uncle Remus. I have an affection for the Brer stories, and also see some value in their place as American 'Aesop's

ვიფიქრე,დღეს რომელიმე კეთილ წიგნს წავიკითხავ-მეთქი :დ ავარჩიე ბიძია რემუსის ზღაპრები, ჰოდა, კომბლეზე რა გითხრათ,მაგრამ ამ ზღაპრებმა იმედები გამიცრუა :| არანაირი სიკეთე ;დ მხოლოდ და მხოლოდ ტყუილი,ცბიერება,ძალადობა,გამორჩენის მცდელობა და ა.შ. და ა.შ. ;დ მოკლედ მაპატიე,ჯოელ ჰარის ,მაგრამ იმდენი კეთილი

I was curious to read this, particularly in light of Alice Walker's assertion that these stories made her ashamed to be black. I get it, but the stories, songs & sayings are interesting from the perspective of a certain time & place & viewpoint; I think the author meant well.

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