Books Related to the Gullah Culture

Gullah history

Conroy, Pat (1972) “The Water is Wide”
Hester, James Robert (2015) “A Yankee Scholar in Coastal South Carolina: William Francis Allen’s Civil War Journals”


Kevin Dougherty (2014) “The Port Royal Experiment: A Case Study in Development”


Rose, Willie Lee (1962) “Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment”


Miller Jr., Edward A. Miller (1995) “Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress, 1839-1915”


Priscilla’s Homecoming (2005) book, website tv production about 250-year documented lineage of slave girl “Priscilla”


Ball, Edward (1998) “Slaves in the Family,” New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.


Carney, Judith (2001) “Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas,” Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


Fields-Black, Edda (2008) “Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora,” Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


Littlefield, Daniel (1981) Rice and Slaves: Ethnicity and the Slave Trade in Colonial South Carolina,” Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.


Miller, Edward (1995) “Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress, 1839-1915,” Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.


Pollitzer, William (1999) “The Gullah People and their African Heritage,” Athens: University of Georgia Press.


Smith, Julia Floyd (1985) “Slavery and Rice Culture in Low Country Georgia: 1750-1860,” Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.


Smith, Mark M. (2005) “Stono: Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt,” Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.


Wood, Peter (1974) “Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion,” New York: Knopf.


Colson Whithead (2016) The Underground Railroad


Gullah language and storytelling

Bailey, Cornelia & Christena Bledsoe (2000) “God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island,” New York: Doubleday.


Geraty, Virginia Mixon (1997) “Gulluh fuh Oonuh: A Guide to the Gullah Language,” Orangeburg, SC: Sandlapper Publishing Company.


Jones, Charles Colcock (2000) “Gullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast,” Athens: University of Georgia Press.


Jones-Jackson, Patricia (1987) “When Roots Die: Endangered Traditions on the Sea Islands,” Athens: University of Georgia Press.


Mills, Peterkin and McCollough (2008) “Coming Through: Voices of a South Carolina Gullah Community from WPA Oral Histories collected by Genevieve W. Chandler,” The University of South Carolina Press.


Montgomery, Michael (ed.) (1994) “The Crucible of Carolina: Essays in the Development of Gullah Language and Culture,” Athens: University of Georgia Press.


Sea Island Translation Team (2005) “De Nyew Testament (The New Testament in Gullah),” New York: American Bible Society.


Stoddard, Albert Henry (1995) “Gullah Animal Tales from Daufuskie Island, South Carolina,” Hilton Head Island, SC: Push Button Publishing Company.


Turner, Lorenzo Dow (2002) “Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect,” Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.


Gullah culture

Campbell, Emory (2008) “Gullah Cultural Legacies,” Hilton Head South Carolina: Gullah Heritage Counsulting Services.


Carawan, Guy and Candie (1989) “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,” Athens: University of Georgia Press.


Conroy, Pat (1972) “The Water Is Wide,” Boston: Houghton Mifflin.


Creel, Margaret Washington (1988) “A Peculiar People: Slave Religion and Community Culture among the Gullahs,” New York: New York University Press.


Cross, Wilbur (2008) “Gullah Culture in America,” Westport, Connecticut: Praeger.

Joyner, Charles (1984) “Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community,” Urbana: University of Illinois Press.


Kiser, Clyde Vernon (1969) “Sea Island to City: A Study of St. Helena Islanders in Harlem and Other Urban Centers,” New York: Atheneum.

McFeely, William (1994) “Sapelo’s People: A Long Walk into Freedom,” New York: W.W. Norton.

Parrish, Lydia (1992) “Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands,” Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Robinson, Sallie Ann (2003) “Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way” and (2006) “Cooking the Gullah Way Morning, Noon, and Night.”

Charlotte: University of North Carolina Press.

Rosenbaum, Art (1998) “Shout Because You’re Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition in Coastal Georgia,” Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Rosengarten, Dale (1986) “Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Lowcountry,” Columbia, South Carolina: McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina.

Twining, Mary & Keigh Baird (1991) “Sea Island Roots: The African Presence in the Carolinas and Georgia,” Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press.

Young, Jason (2007) “Rituals of Resistance: African Atlantic Religion in Kongo and the Lowcountry South in the Era of Slavery,” Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University.


Historical photos of the Gullah

Georgia Writer’s Project (1986) “Drums and Shadows: Survival Studies among the Georgia Coastal Negroes,” Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Johnson, Thomas L. & Nina J. Root (2002) “Camera Man’s Journey: Julian Dimock’s South,” Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Minor, Leigh Richmond & Edith Dabbs (2003) “Face of an Island: Leigh Richmond Miner’s Photographs of Saint Helena Island,” Charleston, South Carolina: Wyrick & Company.

Ulmann, Doris & Suzanna Krout Millerton, New York: Aperture, Inc.


Children’s books on the Gullah

Branch, Muriel (1995) “The Water Brought Us: The Story of the Gullah-Speaking People,” New York: Cobblehill Books.

Clary, Margie Willis (1995) “A Sweet, Sweet Basket,” Orangeburg, South Carolina: Sandlapper Publishing Company.

Geraty, Virginia (1998) “Gullah Night Before Christmas,” Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company.

Graham, Lorenz (2000) “How God Fix Jonah,” Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press.

Jaquith, Priscilla (1995) “Bo Rabbit Smart for True: Tall Tales from the Gullah,” New York: Philomel Books.

Krull, Kathleen (1995) “Bridges to Change: How Kids Live on a South Carolina Sea Island,” New York: Lodestar Books.

Seabrooke, Brenda (1994) “The Bridges of Summer,” New York: Puffin Books.

Raven, Margot Theis (2004) “Circle Unbroken,” New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Siegelson, Kim L. (1999) “In The Time of The Drums,” New York: Jump At The Sun/ Hyperion Books for Children.

Siegelson, Kim L. (2003) “Dancing The Ring Shout,” New York: Jump At The Sun/ Hyperion Books for Children.


Works of fiction set in the Gullah region

Dash, Julie (1999) “Daughters of the Dust,” New York: Plume Books.

Gershwin, George (1935) “Porgy and Bess,” New York:Alfred Publishing.[14]

Heyward, Dubose (1925)”Porgy,” Charleston, S.C.: Wyrick & Company.[15]

Hurston, Zora Neale (1937) “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” New York: Harper Perennial.[16]

Kidd, Sue Monk (2005) “The Mermaid Chair,” Viking Press.

Naylor, Gloria (1988) “Mama Day,” New York: Ticknor & Fields.

Satterthwait, Elisabeth Carpenter (1898). A Son of the Carolinas, A story of the Hurricane upon The Sea Islands. Philadelphia, Pa.: Henry Altemus. 273 pp. ISBN 0-8369-9062-5 (ISBN 0-8369- 9062-5).

Siddons, Anne Rivers (1998) “Low Country,” New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Siegelson, Kim (1996) “The Terrible, Wonderful Tellin’ at Hog Hammock,” New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

Straight, Susan (1993) “I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots,” New York: Hyperion.

Peterkin, Julia (1928) Scarlet Sister Mary – fiction book won Pulitzer Prize in 1928

Baynard Woods (2010) “Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Ed Mcteer, Witchdoctor Sheriff”

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