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Aunt Molly Jackson on songs about gender

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Jim Dixon 30 Sep 11 - 10:02 AM
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GUEST,Joseph Scott 06 May 20 - 08:31 PM
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Subject: Aunt Molly Jackson on songs about gender
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Sep 11 - 10:02 AM

I thought you'd enjoy this. I ran across it while looking for something else:

Quoted in Our Singing Country: Folk Songs and Ballads by John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1941), page 130:

"Women don't like these songs about 'Don't believe in a woman, you're lost if you do.' Women don't like such songs because they cause people to lose confidence in women. I mind me of another they sing, 'When I Was Single'; and that song is another song against the morals of women, and no woman don't like that song.

"Men don't like for women to sing songs like—'They're confined and slaved by their husbands.' They think that causes their women to lose confidence in them. Of course, they don't always get mad; it's owin' to what place they're at. Say, if they're at a party or a dance and it's played, they just pretend to ignore it. Like the song, 'Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies, Be Careful How You Court Young Men.' A lot of times a woman would be singing that and they'd say, 'Oh, sing something else, for there's no truth in that.' Songs that women makes up about men, about their husbands and about their sweethearts and things like that, they think that we've given them the wrong kind of a deal and it's not justice and it's not right and they protest and everly have as far back as I can remember."

--AUNT MOLLY JACKSON (1880-1960)


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Subject: RE: Aunt Molly Jackson on songs about gender
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 30 Sep 11 - 02:20 PM

Loved it.
Thanks for sharing.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: Aunt Molly Jackson on songs about gender
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 06 May 20 - 08:31 PM

"(1880-1960)"

All the vintage evidence I've seen points to Aunt Molly born later than 1880. For instance, she married James Stewart in 1900 (Kentucky county marriage records), and the 1930 census lists her as a midwife now married to William Jackson and 14 at the time of her first marriage.


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Subject: RE: Aunt Molly Jackson on songs about gender
From: GUEST,femuse
Date: 19 May 20 - 04:22 PM

<< 14 at the time of her first marriage >>

her first husband was John Mills.


" her brother Jim Garland tells the story of the marriage to John Mills, and the marriage is available in the Knox County Marriage Books.

In her book, she states that she married Jim Stewart in April 1894, which is impossible, since she was married to Jim after her marriage to John Mills, and John and Molly were married in 1898. "

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23138464/mary-magdalene-stamos


The given dates of Aunt Molly Jackson's life are mostly uncertain since she was inconsistent when giving them. Folklorist Archie Green became very frustrated during interviews with her, due to her "elastic responses", inconsistent elaborations and "flexible dates."
It was not unusual for her to contradict her own prior accounts.
WIKI


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