Terpsichore In The Flat Creek Quarters, Pea Ridge

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Terpsichore In The Flat Creek Quarters, Pea Ridge


General - Dance and Culture; Southern / Appalachian / Four-couple squares


Pencil drawing showing a dance with African-American musicians and dancers with the following manuscript poem below:

‘Listen when I call de figgers! Watch de music es ye go!
Chassay forrard! (Now look at ‘em! some too fas’ & some too slow!)
Step but when I gibs de order; keep up eben wid de line;
Whats got in dem lazy niggers? Stop dat stringin’ out behin’!. . .

Steady now, an’ check de motion! Let de fiddler stop de chune!
I smell de possum froo de crack an supper’s givine to call us soon!
De white folks come in mighty handy, waltzin roun’ so nice & fine;
But when you comes to reg’lah dancing, niggers leabes ‘em way behin’!’

The curators of the site with the item indicate that this is from Arkansas; others have speculated that it is from Alabama.


Scribner's Monthly 21 (January 1881), p. 488.

Date Created

c. 1860?


Fred Feild

Spatial Coverage

USA, Arkansas? Alabama?

Temporal Coverage

19th century - middle

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