Mudcat Café message #833091 The Mudcat Café TM
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Posted By: John Hardly
22-Nov-02 - 09:03 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Cotton Jenny (Gordon Lightfoot)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cotton Jenny (Gordon Lightfoot)
"sickly" actually makes more sense (IMO).

The mortality rate was always higher in the South historically. The bitter cold of New England and the upper Midwest gave many diseases a run for their money, and a pre-vaccine populace a fighting chance. Aside from the legendary parasites of the South (hookworm, etc), settlements were severely threatened by malaria and other insect born diseases, and yes....

....in literature and history it was the "sickly" south.