Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life?

The People of Johns Island South Carolina—Their Faces, Their Words, and Their Songs

Guy Carawan and Candie Carawan

Photographs by Robert Yellin

Title Details

Pages: 268

Trim size: 215.900mm x 279.400mm

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 04/01/1994

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1643-7

List Price: $33.95

Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life?

The People of Johns Island South Carolina—Their Faces, Their Words, and Their Songs

Guy Carawan and Candie Carawan

Photographs by Robert Yellin

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Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life? presents an oral, musical, and photographic record of the venerable Gullah culture in modern times. With roots stretching back to their slave forebears, the Johns Islanders and their folk traditions are a vital link between black Americans and their African and Caribbean ancestors.

When first published in 1966, this book conveyed islanders' trepidation and jubilation upon the arrival of the civil rights movement to their isolated home. In this edition, which is updated through the late 1980s, the stories and songs of an older day blend with the voices of an empowered younger generation determined to fight the overdevelopment of their land by resort builders.

A detailed record of a way of life that is falling victim to the ravages of time.

Library Journal

The authors have richly captured not only the traditional warmth, folk wisdom, and spirit of the Johns Islanders, but also the courage with which they prepare to meet the future.

New York Times Book Review

About the Author/Editor

Guy Carawan (Author)
GUY CARAWAN (1927-2015) was an educator, writer, musician, and collector who dedicated himself to preserving the culture of the South and fighting for the civil rights of its common people. He and his spouse, Candie Carawan, had a decades-long association with the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. The Carawans served as consultants to the public television productions of "Eyes on the Prize" and "History of the Song 'We Shall Overcome.'" Their books include Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life? (Georgia), We Shall Overcome, and Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.

Candie Carawan (Author)
CANDIE CARAWAN is an educator, writer, musician, and collector who is dedicated to preserving the culture of the South and fighting for the civil rights of its common people. She and her spouse, Guy Carawan, Candie Carawan, had a decades-long association with the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. The Carawans served as consultants to the public television productions of "Eyes on the Prize" and "History of the Song 'We Shall Overcome.'" Their books include Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life? (Georgia), We Shall Overcome, and Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.