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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Patricia A. Turner, associate professor of African American and African Studies at the University of California at Davis, published Ceramic Uncles & Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Inﬂuence on Culture earlier in 1994. Now she has made another valuable contribution to the study of African American culture with I Heard It Through the Grapevine; and in addition, has added to the understanding of how urban legends start and continue to persist. Just as Jan Harold Brunvand's Vanishing Hitchhiker made the general public aware of these legends, Turner's study makes both Black and White readers aware of the significance of rumor and urban legends in Black culture.
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