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Abby Sale 21 Aug 05 - 09:47 AM
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Subject: happy? - Aug 21 (slave revolt)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 09:47 AM

Virginia: Nat Turner (b1800, executed 11/11/1831) began the only effective, sustained slave revolt in U.S. history on 8/21/1831. The rebellion created panic throughout the white South but put an end to their myth that slaves were either contented with their lot or too servile to mount an armed revolt. [EB] From 1832 "Negroes were put under special restriction to home quarters and patrolmen appointed to keep them in." [Lomax]
  	The day is done, night comes down
Ye are long ways from home--
Oh, run, nigger, run, patter-roller git you.

"Run, Nigger, Run," Lomax American Ballads & Folk Songs, p228.
The song refers to escaping the patrols after Nat Turner's Revolt. The song & base tune "Fire on the Mountain" processed into many instrumental & comic versions. Exciting mountain versions, "Run, Jimmie, Run" and "Fire on the Mountain" can both be heard on the CD of Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley, Smithsonian/Folkways and on "Fire on the Mountain" in Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection also known as "Pat(t)eroller Song" or Fire on the Mountain or "Run, nigger, run!" in America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets - minstrel show skit or Wolf Folklore Collection: "Run Nigger Run, the Pateroller Catch You ..."

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Subject: RE: happy? - Aug 21 (slave revolt)
From: Amos
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 11:07 AM


I LOVE your Happies.


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Subject: RE: happy? - Aug 21 (slave revolt)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 11:37 AM

Thank you.
In return :) I think the links should work now.

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