Terpsichore In The Flat Creek Quarters, Pea Ridge

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Title

Terpsichore In The Flat Creek Quarters, Pea Ridge

Subject

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

Description

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.

Source

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

Date Created

c. 1860?

Contributor

Fred Feild

Spatial Coverage

USA, Arkansas? Alabama?

Temporal Coverage

19th century - middle

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