Broadside Ballads Online

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1st Ballad - Roud Number: V7448

Title: Jim Brown

First Line: I am a siance nigga, my name is Jim Brown

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

2nd Ballad - Roud Number: 488

Title: Jenny, get your hoe-cake done

First Line: I left ole Virginny one very fine day

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

3rd Ballad - Roud Number: 11769

Title: Long time ago

First Line: As I was gwoin down Shinbone alley

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

4th Ballad - Roud Number: V1946

Title: I'm going ober de mountains

First Line: Down in ole Virginny break

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

5th Ballad - Roud Number: V3089

Title: Life on the ocean wave

First Line: A life on the ocean wave, a home on the rolling deep

Authors:  Serjeant, E.

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

6th Ballad

Title: It will nebber do to gib it up so, nigger boy

First Line: When I was broken from de shell

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

7th Ballad - Roud Number: 738

Title: Buffalo gals

First Line: As I went lumb'ring down de street, down de street, down de street

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

8th Ballad - Roud Number: 21831

Title: Lucy Neal

First Line: I was born in Alabama, my massa's name was Deal

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

9th Ballad - Roud Number: 13803

Title: My skiff is by the shore

First Line: I'm gwan, 'I gwan to see my lubly Dina

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

10th Ballad - Roud Number: 11767

Title: Clar de kitchen

First Line: In ole Kentuck in de afternoon

Themes:  Blackface minstrelsy

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
32B342: Red Indians, American Indians

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
41C741(+1): Pipe ~ tobacco (+ taking (particular) foodstuffs: eating, drinking, smoking, chewing, etc.)
32B3211: American negroes

3rd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
42F53: Manservant, footman
41D23321(+6): Boots (+ undressing, taking off clothes)


Shelfmark: Johnson Ballads 2711

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Shelfmark: Johnson Ballads 2712

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