On the Trail of NEGR0 Folk Songs
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1925. 1st Edition. 8vo. Very Good. Item #16246
A lovely copy of this scarce 1st edition on an important aspect of African-American history.
Born in Texas, Scarborough (1878-1935) was a "respected folklorist. She called herself a 'song catcher. She believed radio threatened the survival of folk songs, and she traveled around the Appalachian Mountains recording centuries-old ballads with a hand-powered Dicatphone. Scarborough believed these folk songs told stories about a community's values and its collective history. Novelist, folklorist, a catcher of songs, Dorothy Scarborough took inspiration from America's regional cultures and, in doing so, preserved the creative expressions of ordinary people from times past" - Humanities Texas.
Green cloth with titling stamped in gilt. Clean interior, save for small bookseller ticket to lower front endpaper. Rear hinge starting.
Over a handsome volume on an important, if often overlooked, aspect of African-American history.