Pistol Packin' Mama: Aunt Molly Jackson and the Politics of Folksong

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University of Illinois Press, 1999 - 239 pàgines
Meet Aunt Molly Jackson (1880-1960), one of American folklore's most
fascinating characters.
A coal miner's daughter, she grew up in eastern Kentucky, married a miner,
and became a midwife, labor activist, and songwriter. Fusing hard experience
with rich Appalachian musical tradition, her songs became weapons of struggle.
In 1931, at age fifty, she was "discovered" and brought north,
sponsored and befriended by an illustrious circle of left-wing intellectuals
and musicians, including Theodore Dreiser, Alan Lomax, and Charles Seeger
and his son Pete. Along with Sarah Ogan Gunning, Jim Garland (two of Aunt
Molly's half-siblings), Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and other folk musicians,
she served as a cultural broker, linking the rural working poor to big-city
left-wing activism.
Shelly Romalis draws upon interviews and archival materials to construct
this portrait of an Appalachian woman who remained radical, raucous, proud,
poetic, offensive, self-involved, and in spirit the "real" pistol
packin' mama of the song.
"Mr. Coal operator call me anything you please, blue, green, or
red, I aim to see to it that these Kentucky coalminers will not dig your
coal while their little children are crying and dying for milk and bread."

-- Aunt Molly Jackson

 

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Continguts

Hard Times in Colemans Mines Coal and Community in the Kentucky Mountains
21
I Am a Union Woman The Communist National Miners Union Comes to Harlan County Kentucky
31
AUNT MOLLYS AND SARAHS LIFE
55
I Was Born and Raised in Old Kentucky Aunt Molly Jacksons First Fifty Years
57
Christmas Eve on the East Side Aunt Molly Moves to New York City
89
Girl of Constant Sorrow Mollys Sister Sarah Ogan Gunning
127
MUSIC POLITICS AND WOMENS RESISTANCE
149
White Pilgrims in the Foreign Heathen Country Molly Sarah and the Politics of Folksong
151
Dreadful Memories ClassConscious Wives Radical Mothers
174
Be a Grievin after Me
193
Notes
207
Bibliography
221
Index
229
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Sobre l'autor (1999)

Shelly Romalis is a professor emeritus at York University, Ontario. She is the editor of Childbirth: Alternatives to Medical Control.

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