Colonial Days & Dames

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J. B. Lippincott Company, 1894 - 248 pages
A biography of the black singer and songwriter from South Carolina who is credited with introducing the blues, spirituals, protest songs, and other types of African American music to a worldwide audience.

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Page 129 - I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.
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Page 154 - ... (This was so called from the figure of an ape or monkey, which was carved in oolido at the extremity of the handle. It differed from a common spoon in having a circular and very shallow bowl.) " At the manor these ceremonies were all repeated, another pipe of wine was spiced, and, besides the same presents to the bearers, a pair of black gloves and a handkerchief were given to each of the tenants. The whole expense was said to amount to 500.

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