And Follow de Drinkin' Gourd - by Frank J. Dobie, ed. - Volume VII of Publications of the Texas Folklore Society, published 2000 sounds as if it might answer a few questions. "It is doubtful if any thing more novel than H. B. Parks' 'Follow the Drinking Gourd' has ever been printed in the realm of American folklore." ? J. Frank Dobie, from the Preface."