Tales of the Congaree

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The Hopkins Nigger

"Is any of you niggers ever heared the tale 'bout the Hopkins nigger? One time a Hopkins nigger died and atter he dead he clumb up that long hill what lead to heben. When he got to de top he knock on de door wid he hat in he han', lest like a nigger, persisely like a nigger. En ole Peter cracked de door an' peep out an' say, 'who dar?' and de nigger say he er Hopkins nigger, like dat been sumpen great, an' ole Peter say he 'ain't like no Hopkins nigger nohow. Wait here, an' I'll fine out can you come in,' en he closed de door an' he left de nigger standin' dere an' atter while he come back and he open de door and tell de nigger he can come in. Time dat nigger hit heben he hit it a throwin' them foots an' shouting. Peter walk up to him and say, 'Hole on, nigger, the Lord want to see you.' An atter he git the nigger quiet de Lord come up to de nigger an he fasten pair of pearley whings on him and guin him silver feathers and gold claws and a gold bill and he said, 'nigger, you is an angel, fly!' An' when de Lord say dat de nigger stretch hisself and flop he whing three or four times an' create a dust, den he riz up an' he fly an' he flewed and there never been seen such flyin' since heben been heben an' de Lord look on an' was 'stonished at de way dat nigger flew and he call Gabel and Michael to him and he say, 'go git dat nigger' and dem white angels lit out atter dat nigger and dey flyed and dey flewed and dey ain't done nuttin. Dat nigger circled around heben like a buzzard. Atter while he got tired playing wid dem white angels and he lit on a dead snag and set dere pluckin' he feathers and running he bill down he long feathers in he whings. Atter while dem white angels come up dere an' suade him to go back wey de Lord and his Son was an' 'fore dey git dere dem buckra angel done plan a tonement. Ain't you see dat nigger done done. He got hot for de tonement. You know he been hot for it when he fuse a tater annudder nigger han' him, but he done done. De course of de tonement lay 'cross de west end of heben where two ole gate posts been stan' right in de course eber since heben been first build. Ain't you see dat nigger done

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Tales of the Congaree
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction Masks of Edward C. L. Adams xi
  • Notes lxv
  • Congaree Sketches 1
  • Contents 3
  • The Big Swamps of the Congaree 5
  • The Hopkins Nigger 6
  • Jonas 8
  • A Freshet on the Congaree 9
  • Hell Fire 11
  • The Rattlesnake 14
  • Sunning on the Golden Stairs 15
  • Judge Foolbird 16
  • Old Sister 17
  • Old Sister's Friends 20
  • Old Sister in Heaven 23
  • Old Sister in Hell 26
  • The Settin' Up 29
  • The Little Old Man on the Gray Mule 30
  • The Lake of the Dead 32
  • Aunt Dinah's Cat 34
  • Murder Vs. Liquor 35
  • Old Dictodemus 37
  • Fragment of a Negro Sermon 42
  • His Day is Done 45
  • Ole Man Rogan 48
  • Big Charleston 50
  • The Yellow Crane 53
  • White Folks is White Folks 56
  • Wild Goose Nest 58
  • Transmigration 60
  • Belton's Spirit 62
  • The Animal Court 63
  • Ole Man Tooga's Chile (a Tale of the Chain Gang) 65
  • Fine My Chile 68
  • The Falling Star 70
  • Jay-Birds 71
  • Jack-Ma-Lantern 72
  • Ole Man Rouse 74
  • If You Want to Find Jesus 76
  • The Ghosts of Elm Savannah 78
  • The Crow 79
  • Primus 80
  • Jumping-Gut 81
  • Cazenova 83
  • Spirit Dogs and Barking Snakes 84
  • Death Owl 85
  • De Law Got Simon 86
  • A Fool Nigger 88
  • The Two Ducks 89
  • The Mule and the Ox 90
  • That Quart Kept on Beckoning Me 91
  • Don't 'sturb a Houn' 93
  • Don't You Play Wid Married Wimmens 94
  • Tad's Advice to His Son 95
  • Old Sister's Advice to Her Daughter 97
  • Jesus Had Trouble All Over the World 99
  • Nigger to Nigger 103
  • Contents 105
  • Foreword 109
  • The Swamps 111
  • Nigger to Nigger 131
  • White Folks 179
  • Ghosts and Angels 219
  • Bur Rabbit 233
  • Preachers 257
  • Slavery Time 275
  • Funerals 287
  • Glossary 303
  • Appendixes 313
  • Act I 329
  • Act II 357
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