Adventures in a "Foreign Country": African American Humor and the South Trudier Harris Black folks in the South. Black folks and the South. Black folks from the South. Black folks against the South. Black folks with the South. Black folks above the South (as in upsouth, New York or Chicago). Black folks under the South (as in the "foot on the neck" image of oppression). These reflect some of the tensions and paradoxes involved in thinking about a people whose American roots are primarily in the South but who have such a strange relationship to it. One strand of African American history is the saga of migration out of the South and into the urban areas of the North, where formerly enslaved persons or those who were drawn by the hopes of the Great Migration found a healthy antithesis to the environment from which they had presumably escaped. Or they perpetuated a healthy mythology about the North even when it did not exist. And they made their annual pilgrimages home--frequently in rented Cadillacs-- designed to impress their "backward, country" relatives. The South was anath- ema, epitomized in the story of the pregnant black woman who visits relatives in
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1995
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