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Thread #128220 Message #2890162
Posted By: Steve Gardham
19-Apr-10 - 06:31 PM
Thread Name: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Subject: RE: The Advent and Development of Chanties
Jim along Josey was written by Edward Harper in 1840 in a play called 'The Free Nigger of New York'. It was printed by early nineteenth century printers such as John Pitts of London. (Pitts died in 1844 so he must have printed it between 1840-44. The Pitts copy is on the Bodleian website, Harding B11 (1787).
It's an interesting point. Were the African Americans singing minstrel songs or were the minstrel writers basing their songs on what the slaves were singing? Probably both.
The sensational Jump Jim Crow was said to have been based on actual observation of an African American.