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26 Ballads and Songs of Michigan
(12) The manuscript collections of songs very clearly bespeak their importance in preservmg and distributing popular songs. In common with similar collections elsewhere, those which have been loaned to us are not the work of scholars, but rather, like the Percy Folio, the simple ballad and folk-song lover's method of preserving songs which made an appeal to him.
(13) Finally, it may be said that a study of the songs and ballads of the present collection not only indicates that they furnish some support for theories of origin and transmission discussed in Section II, but shows that they unmistakably reflect the historical background and the traditions of the people who have created and re-created them, and in this way throw an interesting sidelight on the history of the Southern Peninsula of Michigan.
E. E. G.