African-American Gardens and Yards in the Rural South by Richard Westmacott (Review)

African-American Gardens and Yards in the Rural South by Richard Westmacott (University of Tennessee Press, 1992)

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African-American Gardens and Yards in the Rural South by Richard Westmacott (Review)

by John Rashford
Southern Cultures, Vol. 1, No. 1: Fall 1994

University of Tennessee Press, 1992

When I read of the publication of this book, I immediately sent for a copy. When it came, I read it with great interest and I was not disappointed. It will be welcomed by many, because little systematic information has been published on African American gardens and yards. However, this is not as complete a treatment of the subject as the title suggests. Instead, the author focuses on what he identifies as “traditional” or “vernacular” gardens and yards of old, rural African American southerners of modest means.