Joel Chandler Harris (Dec 9, 1848 – Jul 3, 1908) was an American journalist, writer, and folklorist best known for his collection of Uncle Remus stories. Harris was born in Eatonton, Georgia, where he served on a plantation during his teenage years. He spent the majority of his adult life in Atlanta working as an associate editor at the Atlanta Constitution. Harris led two professional lives: as Joe Harris, a journalist, he supported a vision of the New South, stressing regional and racial reconciliation. As Joel Chandler Harris, a writer, he wrote many stories from the African-American folklore and helped to revolutionize literature in the process.
Nights with Uncle Remus is a collection of animal stories, songs, and oral folklore, collected from Southern United States African-Americans. Many of the stories are didactic, much like those of Aesop's Fables and the stories of Jean de La Fontaine. Uncle Remus is a kindly old former slave who serves as a storytelling device, passing on the folktales to children gathered around him.