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Thread #55931   Message #3239159
Posted By: GUEST,phil
14-Oct-11 - 09:00 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: De Camptown Races (Stephen Foster)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: De Camptown Races
Camptown, Irvington NJ freed slaves 1846
does the dialect infer that the people attending races/singing were black?
I heard some one singing "going to run" rather than "gwine to run" in a play about Stephen Foster and wondered whether the decision to change the wording was because the use of dialect may be considered to be patronising?