By Alan L. Spurgeon

ISBN-10: 1578067421

ISBN-13: 9781578067428

What did youth do for diversion and socialization in groups that banned such a lot dancing and regarded the mess around to be the devil's device? the yankee play social gathering used to be the fundamentalist's resolution. the following the making a song was once a cappella, the dancers prescribed steps, and arm and elbow swings stands out as the in simple terms touching.

The play celebration was once a well-liked type of American people leisure that integrated songs, dances, and infrequently video games. notwithstanding dependent upon ecu and English antecedents, play events have been really an American phenomenon, first pointed out in print in 1837. The final play events have been played within the Nineteen Fifties. notwithstanding documented in rural and frontier parts in the course of the usa, they appear to were hottest and lasted the longest within the rural South and Midwest. "Skip to My Lou" and "Pig in a Parlor" are nonetheless sung this day yet with no the pursuits and video games.

this can be the 1st e-book because the Thirties to review this significant and little-remembered phenomenon of yank people tradition. the writer interviewed quite a few americans, either black and white, who played play events as teens. a lot of our mom and dad and grandparents skilled those occasions, which harken again to a time while humans created their very own kinds of leisure. at the present time play events are a massive resource of music and circulate fabric for elementary-school-age little ones. A songbook of 90 musical examples and lyrics completes the image of this vanished culture.

Alan L. Spurgeon, Oxford, Mississippi, is affiliate professor of tune on the collage of Mississippi. he's the editor of Pig within the Parlor and Twenty different real Play Parties, and his paintings has seemed in different music-related periodicals.

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People from families of this sort saw no { 42 } THE AMERICAN PLAY PARTY problem with participating in both play parties and dances where fiddles were used. Mrs. Janet Norman of Weatherford, Oklahoma, attended play parties in the 1930s in the Sentinel, Oklahoma, area. She spoke of the “waist swing,” in which the boy put his arm around the girl’s waist and they danced side by side. It was considered inappropriate by some, and was forbidden at many play parties. Mrs. ”162 Vance Randolph also speaks of the waist swing.

There is no mention of African American play parties. According to written material which discusses folk songs and dances in the black community and interviews with older African Americans, the traditional play party as previously detailed does not appear to have been of great importance in the black community. Certainly line dances and circle games similar to play parties were popular, but they were not the fully mature play party genre as explained by Caucasian informants and documented in journal articles from earlier in the twentieth century.

Mrs. 167 Though play parties were nearly always held in private homes, several sources besides Mrs. Spurgeon indicate that they were sometimes held at the local school. Robert and Ellen Bearden report teaching play parties to Methodist youth groups at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, in the early 1940s. Robert Bearden was a Methodist pastor, and Mrs. Bearden assisted him and other pastors and their wives in teaching play parties at summer camps and assemblies for high school–aged students. 168 Walter Smith discussed the play parties he attended near Vici, in northwest Oklahoma, around 1911.

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