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Mary Neal article 'Americans Learning English Folk Music'

This account of Mary's trip to the US narrates her first social encounter with Black Americans. Her earlier references to people of colour are limited to the prejudices of the day. She makes some progress here and meets her match: "I learnt to appreciate the coloured people..I stayed in a house where the coloured housemaid..worked as a prima donna in the summer and took housework with the stipulation, 'I never bend'. When she brought me my first good cup of tea I was so pleased that I wanted her to sing with me. "God Save The King". She replied 'I don' know him'.

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Available from the Esperance Morris Book, Part II by Mary Neal from Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, EFDSS, Cecil Sharp House



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Mary Neal article 'Americans Learning English Folk Music'


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