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Introduction to Negro Folksongs on reel 410

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NEGRO FOLK SONGS To Accompany Reel 410 by John W. Logan ARKANSAS FOLKLORE Spring 1962INTRODUCTION project is negro folk songs. For my research I went to Burdette, Arkansas. Burdette is a small farming community about nine miles from Blytheville, Arkansas. It has one general store with gas station, a post office, a school and a cotton gin. About 140 people live in the ninety square mile area which is all farming country. The Sullivans own and operate one-thousand acres of farm land along with several other families that live out there. Hays Sullivan Jr. is the oldest of three brothers. Since his fathers heart attack in 1960 he has been the manager of the farm. His wifes name is Linda and they have one child named Judy. Bill Sullivan who is my age, is the youngest of the three brothers. He is the one who first told me about Dubbie Dukes. A. D. Robinson or Dubbie Dukes, as he is called, is the negro that I interviewed. He works on the Sullivans farm as a tractor driver. In the winter when there is no farming he works at the Pontiac Company in Blytheville, w ich is also owned by the Sullivans. He has lived in Burdette all his life. He is married and has eleven children. Dubbie learned to play the guitar by watching bands in local Honkey Tonks in Blytheville and Osceola. He said he would go in and sit down next to the band stand and would watch...
Logan, John
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