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By the Work of Their Hands: Studies in Afro-American Folklife
John Michael Vlach. ISBN 0-8139-14466-7. Copyright 1991. Softcover with 240 pages.
John Michael Vlach's book is a collection of essays that reveals the story of "black Americans…an account often written not with words but with things made by the work of their hands." Mr. Vlach used the term "folklife" deliberately because it provides "a useful multidisciplinary and synthetic vantage point from which to view cultural data and processes."