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Posted By: GUEST,folklorist
19-May-01 - 04:02 PM
Thread Name: The origin of Sea Chanteys
Subject: RE: The origin of Sea Chanteys

yes, Levine's book is a mighty work! And I agree with you and him that both black contributions and oral cultures in general have been neglected by historians. The people who have specifically addressed sea shanties have traditionally been pretty sensitive to oral culture, as they would have to be. But you're right that, as a rule, oral culture has been ignored by those who write the books.

keep singing!