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Go Down, Old Hannah

The Living History of African American Texans

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Go Down, Old Hannah: The Living History of African American Texans by Naomi Mitchell Carrier
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Living history is a style of instructive and entertaining performance that seeks to bring history to life with the use of costumes, tools, and reenactments appropriate to a specific time period. Done well, living history performances illuminate human experience in powerful, unforgettable ways. The fifteen living history plays in this collection were commissioned by museums and historic sites in Texas to show the interdependence of African American experiences and contributions to the living history of Texas. The plays cover subject matter ranging from slave celebrations, family breakups, and running away, to the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction. Each play is research based and performed by Talking Back Living History Theatre as a festival production. These scripts are easily performed, and author Naomi Mitchell Carrier has included production notes in the overviews that precede each play. Lesson plans are also included, which add to the collection's appeal as a classroom tool. Carrier's talent for bringing historical figures to life is exceptional. The names of most primary characters in these plays are real. By giving them faces, feelings, intelligence, and dignity, Carrier aims to give them new life.

Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Celebrations Overview Jumpin' Juba: Uncle Bubba and Mammy Bell Jump de Broom Christmas at Varner-Hogg: Patton Plantation Memories Part II: Family Breakup Overview Arcy Makes Room for Judith Martin: The Breakup of a Slave Family A Little Slave for Sale--Cheap! Sweet By and By: Barrington Farm Chronicle Part III: Running Away Overview Arcy Attempts Escape Fugitives of Passion: On the Underground Railroad to Mexico Part IV: Battles Overview Hell or High Water: Brit Bailey Heads Off Stephen F. Austin Still Am A'Risin': The Battle of Velasco and the Vigil at Bolivar Part V: Civil War Overview Plantation Liendo: Civil War Reenactment Cane Cutter Country: The Saga of the Lake Jackson Plantation Part VI: Emancipation Overview Slav'ry Chain Done Broke at Las' Porch Politics: Sam Houston Style Part VII: Reconstruction Overview Social Politics in Victorian Texas: A Living History Interpretation of African Americans and Their Responsibilities Juneteenth at the George Ranch Conclusion Appendix: Lesson Plans and Additional Resources Notes

Author Biography

NAOMI MITCHELL CARRIER is an independent scholar, playwright, and performer. She is the founder and CEO of the Texas Center for African American Living History and co-founder of Talking Back Living History Theatre.
Release date Australia
February 1st, 2010
Foreword by John E. Fleming
Country of Publication
United States
29 b&w photos, 3 tables
University of Texas Press
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