African American Vernacular

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Vernacular Vernacular material has its own shapes, its own integrity, and its own place in the black literary canon: literature of vernacular (The Vernacular Tradition 3). Vernacular can be defined as church songs, tall tales, work songs, blues, poetry or poems, sermons, stories, and hip hop songs. Vernacular is a part of the oral tradition of black expression such as dances, musical performances, stage shows, and visual arts. Most of the vernacular stories come from the bible that occur to African American literary studies to forward the rhetorical aims (3). The reading of the song called “Promises of Freedom” demonstrates how the African American author used the vernacular to forward their overall rhetorical aims. The “Promises of Freedom” was about a man who wanted his freedom from the master, but he never got his promise. “Ole Mosser lakwise promise me, W’en he died, he’d set me free. But ole Mosser go an’ make his Will Fer to leave me a-plowin’ ole Beck still” (“Promise of Freedom” 22). The text uses the words lakwise for…show more content…
These were the stories that Africans brought with them from their homeland to the New World. “Africans brought with them a vast storehouse of stories along with other such expressive forms as songs, dances, styles of worship, games, patterns of adornment, and the like that helped them maintain on the new continent at least of freedom”(Folktales 55). Some of the characters motifs styles of telling are specifically south Saharan ways of making stories. “Despite the ravages of the Middle Passage and the violence of slavery as an institution, one finds among African Americans story types, characters, motifs, and styles of telling that bear the distinctive traits of south Saharan Africa’s ways of making stories”(Folktales 55). The spiritual songs and the New World were history for the African
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