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By John Greenway

ISBN-10: 1258068222

ISBN-13: 9781258068226

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The three decades and more of violence produced a store of songs and ballads rich in quantity, if not in literary quality, which have been preserved in contemporary newspapers, journals, broadsides, and the memory of old farmers who remember the struggles and songs of their parents. "THE END OF BIG BILL SNYDER," the most popular of the Anti-Rent songs sung throughout the period of violence, was written by a sympathizer named S. H. Foster, and celebrates the aristocrats carried the discomfiture of Bill Bill Snyder, a universally despised deputy sheriff who was imported by the landholders in 1841 to serve While on one such foray into the hills he was captured by a band of "Indians" and soundly thrashed.

And 641. thistles forming the 4,300,000 immigrants When and Mary Beard, The Rise of American Civilization, New York, 1945, 40 * American folksongs of protest wildered mass, whose only common emotion was no longer aspira- tion but fear. Desperate for survival, they fought like beasts with each other for man-killing jobs at wages as low as They were reckoned as the earth's fifty cents a day. expendables by employers, and in the South were assigned to labor too dangerous or debilitating As a cotton transport master explained to a passenger who inquired why there were so many Irish roustabouts, "The niggers are worth too much to be risked here.

Not enough to support a man and five children if a man insists on smoking and drinking beer. But the man who cannot live on bread and water is not fit to live. . . I . THE GENERAL STRIKE The labor sensation spread fast over this nation, in high station do just as they like; They'll find out their mistake when it will be too late, When they see the results of a general strike. The butchers, the whalers, the tinkers, the tailors, Mechanics and sailors will surely agree, To strike and stand still, let the rich run the mill, While I sing of the sights that I fancy we'll see.

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