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Thread #86330 Message #1604903
Posted By: mg
14-Nov-05 - 04:03 PM
Thread Name: PC-Where is thy sting?-'Pick a Bale of Cotton' Ban
Subject: RE: Folklore: Ban 'Pick a Bale of Cotton'?
my mother's family was sharecroppers in Texas...I don't know what they raised but it might have included cotton...my father's family worked on the railroads..should we kill the railroad songs/
I would continue with the song, with the guest grandmother, with putting it in historical context, with listening to the prison gang singing the originals..of course scrub the song clean..perhaps leave out the dance and sing it a bit less chipperly and use it as a teaching experience with the invovlement of the African American families. mg