"Dere Were No Place in Heaven for Him, an' He Were Not Desired in Hell": Igbo Cultural Beliefs in African American Folk Expressions

@article{Hildebrand2006DereWN,
  title={"Dere Were No Place in Heaven for Him, an' He Were Not Desired in Hell": Igbo Cultural Beliefs in African American Folk Expressions},
  author={Jennifer Hildebrand},
  journal={The Journal of African American History},
  year={2006},
  volume={91},
  pages={127 - 152}
}
  • J. Hildebrand
  • Published 22 March 2006
  • History
  • The Journal of African American History
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