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Thread #55931   Message #3239518
Posted By: GUEST,SteveG
15-Oct-11 - 03:48 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: De Camptown Races (Stephen Foster)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: De Camptown Races
No the people attending the races weren't necessarily black. Almost all early comic minstrel songs were written in the pseudo dialect, regardless of subject.
The changing of the pseudo dialect is a very contentious subject being discussed currently in another thread.

Regarding which came first, the Minstrel song or the chantey, the most likely is the minstrel song, as in many other cases. Most chanteys are adapted shore songs.