The African American Oral Tradition. In Review…. What is the Oral Tradition?. Stories and Songs passed on verbally, instead of in written form Slaves passed on stories from generation to generation—parent to child. Why is there an African American Oral Tradition?.
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A southern tobacco plantation (Library of Congress)
Slaves must assert themselves against their oppressors (namely, white masters) because, even though white masters may control the slaves’ outer world, that power is neither permanent nor unchangeable.