During slavery, some enslaved persons began to refer to the roots and tubers of a wild species of morning glory as High John the Conqueror. This was in reference to High John or Prince John, a folklore hero and African prince who, despite his enslavement, never had his spirit broken. He was a trickster who would often turn the tables on those trying harm him or to take advantage. In "High John De Conquer", Zora Neale Hurston wrote: "like King Arthur of England, High John has served his people. And, like King Arthur, he is not dead. He waits to return when his people shall call him again. High John the Conquer went back to Africa, but he left his power here, and placed his American dwelling in the root of a certain plant."
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