:: Title :: Commentary by Bessie Jones on Club Fists and Uncle Tom
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
Marchand, Antoinette [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones VII 10/61
:: Date :: 10/12/1961
:: Reference Information :: T983.0, Track 22 (00:02:22)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - 13 of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - The aim of both these games are to try to make the other child or children laugh. "Many games are concerned with attempts to make another player laugh. But 'Uncle Tom', though it resembles other, better known games, has a plot line and a bitter hilarity all its own. It is an uproariously funny game while it is being played, but afterward you realize what you've been laughing at. Southern black children did not have to search far for the models they satirized in this game." [Source: Step It Down book]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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