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.
Many thanks for this wonderful childhood memory. So politically incorrect by today's standards, they would never show it. When I was a little girl living on a farm in Kansas, we would watch Disney every Sunday evening. Loved Uncle Remus!
It was at the time of its writing, and still true up to the era of Disney, an expression of respect for the black storyteller. The message was "Despite their lack of education and degraded circumstances, black people are clever, wise, and creative. Their work has not received the credit it deserves and we would like to show you some." The stories, and the film, don't say that to us anymore because we can't get past the dialect, which seems only insulting, as it is nonstandard English (which we were all falsely taught is a sign of stupidity or carelessness).
For those who find this racist and offensive because it is now in a different context, I would ask how you would have expressed admiration for black storytelling and creative arts in 1880 (Harris) or even 1950 (Disney)?
Harris began writing the Uncle Remus stories as a serial to "preserve in permanent shape those curious mementoes of a period that will no doubt be sadly misrepresented by historians of the future." Prediction correct.
Assistant Village Idiot
Love Song of the South. I saw it in the theater during a limited theatrical release about 1970. I ordered a VHS from Great Britain when it was available there. In addition to the excellent analysis by Assist. Village Id., I believe another reason the movie is politically incorrect is that the black sharecroppers all appear happy. This is correct history. Black sharecroppers were treated many different ways, from fairly decently to horribly. In almost all cases, however, they responded by trying to make the best of their situation and be happy, with singing and storytelling. Like Bre'r Rabbit, they almost all had a "laffing place."