Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

A detailed study of Negro folk music, includes lyrics & sheet music samples.

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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
supposed to pass, we have no trouble finding the list of animals extolled in Negro rhyme and story.
If Negro Rhyme has always centered about Ne­gro religion, then when the Negro was brought to America and began changing his religion, he should have had some songs or rhymes on the dividing line between the old and the new. In other words, there ought to be connecting links between "secular" Folk Rhymes and Jubilee Songs, songs that by nature par­take of both types. This must happen in order to be in accord with the law of the presence of connecting links where evolution produces a new type from an old one. By using the procedure under Mendel's law of mating like descendants from a cross between two and by eliminating those who do not reproduce constant to the type which we are trying to produce, we can produce a new and constant type in the third succeeding generation of descendants.
Now the Negro slave turned quickly m America from heathenism to Christianity. This was accom­plished through white Christians correcting and eliminating all thoughts and productions wThich hovered on the border line between heathen ideals and Christianity. They used the Mendelian proce­dure of eliminating all crosses that did not give a product with Christian characteristics and thiw nec-
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