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of the Histories of Anthropology

The Journal of Negro History was founded in 1916 by Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), son of former slaves who became one of the founders of African-American historical studies. Published by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH, an institution also founded by him in 1915), the journal is devoted both to the history of communities of African origin, particularly in the context of slavery in the United States of America, and to the study of their cultural manifestations, in particular their oral literature, including proverbs, stories, songs, the word folklore being particularly common in early issues. Only in 2001 did a change of title occur: The Journal of African American History.

Keywords: Folklore | 20th century | United States of America | African-American studies | Oral literature | Slavery | Journals and periodicals

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