We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Bird Dog my friend ... That took guts to do, and we're grateful, down here in the South. Stephen Foster was a great song writer, and Deanna, bless her, was a lovely singer. I hate that we've had to give up Foster's lovely songs in the name of political correctitude. [As a matter of fact, I've given up political correctitude instead and am refusing to rewrite history just to pacify moonbat liberals.]
Slavery happened, and plugging one's ears and saying it didn't doesn't work. A great President freed the slaves, and our country has moved on from there.
Great to hear that, BD... brought back some memories.
And I don't get Marianne's comment, but it may be my ignorance. I did a quick lookup of Foster: Pretty much a PA. guy, from my neck o' the woods; visited the South only once. "Father of American Music." I had forgotten how many great songs he wrote.
I'll have to read a bit more to figure out what Marianne's on about.
Big_Al ... In today's fractured America, no one is supposed to use the word 'darkie' without being subjected to howls of "raaacist" from the radical left, nor are we supposed to accept that some slave owners were fair and compassionate in their treatment of their slaves -- though why people would think that plantation owners would abuse field hands that they had paid up to $800, a huge amount in nineteenth century money, thus disabling them, at least for awhile, from doing their jobs, defeats me. At the time our country had slavery, so did almost all South and Central American countries. And Britain. And parts of Europe. And there was something called the Triangle Trade, which has now been conveniently erased from American secondary school curricula, at the behest of the National Education Association.
So, yes, I think it did take some guts to play that charming song on this site. I'm not trying to start an argument. I'm just marveling at how things have changed since my youth. back before 1940.
Wow, Marianne... I had no idea about what you just said, specifically the "darkies" lyric. After your comment, I looked it up, and there it was!
(I was a child in the 60s, and I swear the song lyrics were never what I just read. They were definitely changed by then.)
In my earlier research, it was said that Foster eventually scrubbed the Negro dialect from his songs... not because it was racist, but because he wanted to appeal to a broader "American" audience and style. And by all accounts, he was quite sympathetic to the plight of the slaves, and made every effort to humanize them in his work, and to change the sort of minstrel-show image that was prevalent then. Good for him.
So thanks, Marianne, for expanding my education. I love it. And down with anyone brainless enough to censor Stephen Foster, or Mark Twain.
I like you, Big Al. Like most every one of Maggiesfarmers commenters, you're willing to acknowledge 'new' knowledge. I learn every day from the 'farmers' and their commenters, because things change radically over the years as we humans absorb new knowledge and it alters and inflects what we already know.