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In exploring the cultural connections between Africa and the antebellum South of what became the United States of America, slave narratives are among the most compelling sources for examining the slaves' remembrance of Africa. Expressions of cultural memory found in the narratives from both men and women of the 1800s suggest that despite the increase in an American-born population and an emerging African-American identity, African culture did not dissipate with each passing decade of the nineteenth century. In fact some of the more popular book length narratives of the antebellum period demonstrate the persistence of memory within the slave quarters.
|She thought she was in ‘a wilderness sort of place, all full of rocks, and bushes,’ when she saw a serpent raise its head of an old man with a long white beard, gazing at her, ‘wishful like, jes as ef he war gwine to speak to me,’ and then two other heads rose up beside him, younger than he, --and as she stood looking at them, and wondering what they could want with her, a great crowd of men rushed in and struck down the younger heads, and then the head of the old man, still looking at her so ‘wishful.’ This dream she had again and again, and could not interpret it; but when she met Captain Brown, shortly after, behold, he was the very image of the head she had seen.|