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Contributor(s): Johnson, Charles
Pub Date: 1982
Annotation: When a slaveowner and his African-American butler drunkenly decide to switch places in each other's beds, the result is a hilarious imbroglio and an offspring, Andrew Hawkins, whose life becomes the "Oxherding Tale," a deliciously funny, bitterly ironic account of slavery, racism, oppression--and the African-American spirit--in the Old South.
Charles R. Johnson is an American scholar and author of novels, short stories, and essays. Johnson, an African-American, has directly addressed the issues of black life in America in novels such as Middle Passage and Dreamer. Johnson first came to prominence in the 1960s as a political cartoonist, at which time he was also involved in radical politics. In 1970, he published a collection of cartoons, and this led to a television series about cartooning on PBS.