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Midnight in AmericaDarkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War$
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Jonathan W. White

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632049

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632049.001.0001

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African American Dreams

African American Dreams

(p.81) Chapter Four African American Dreams
Midnight in America

Jonathan W. White

University of North Carolina Press

The experience of slavery had an indelible effect on the dreams of black Americans. Some slaves dreamt of escape, or of loved ones who had been sold away. Former slaves sometimes had vivid dreams of being returned into slavery. Whether slave or free, African Americans often looked to their dreams as signs from God or as confirmation of their conversion to Christianity. White Americans tended to look down on African American dream practices as superstitious, but in fact, white and black Americans had a shared dream culture that stretched back into the colonial era.

Keywords:   Dreams of freedom, Dreams of escape, Slavery, Slave sales, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Superstitions, Christianity, Nat Turner, Dream books

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