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Thread #17760 Message #562299
Posted By: GUEST,Fred
01-Oct-01 - 12:53 AM
Thread Name: Origins/Meaning: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Subject: RE: Help: Follow the Drinking Gourd meanings
Recent TV specials on the underground railroad and on Harriet Tubman said the song originated during the time of the underground railroad, as I recall sometime in the 1850's. There were several other "spirituals" which also were used for instruction or to tell when the railroad was making its next move.
Re: Paul Campbell - the Weavers used this nom de plume (or more likely, nom de guerre) when they were blacklisted during the McCarthy era.