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Author Burton, Robert Wilton
Title The Marengo Jake Stories : The Tales of Jake Mitchell and Robert Wilton Burton
Imprint Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2007
©2007
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Descript 1 online resource (257 pages)
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Introduction -- A Note on the Texts -- The "Marengo Jake" Stories -- M'renger -- M'reener: How Uncle Jake Interviewed a "High-Drawin'" Ram -- Marengo Mud: Old Jake's Story of the Bottomless Slough -- Three Little Boys and Three Little Fishes -- Marengo Jake Plays Another Trick on the Three Boys -- Seismic Phenomena-Explained by a Marengo Scientist -- Christmas in Marengo -- Jake and Miss Emmer -- Tripping Jake -- The Marengo Prestidigitator -- Marengo Jake: A Romance of Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds -- Jake Cornered -- A True Story: How Marengo Jake Elected Cleveland -- Marengo Jake: He Tells About a Famous "Dry Drought" -- Marengo Jake: An Incident of the Wet Drouth in M'ringer -- A Marengo Runaway -- Dick and the Devil -- A M'ringer Rat Story -- Old Time Christmas -- A Pig Tale -- An Ass in a Lion's Skin -- Birmingham Dirt -- Looking Backward -- A Mule as Was a Mule -- An Eating Match -- Jake's New House -- A Legend: How Clarke Played It on Marengo -- Underground Farming -- Jake's Senses -- Jake Heard From -- A Lesson in Natural History -- Miss Mary -- or, The Value of Education -- A Model School -- Mosquitoes of Marengo -- Lightning -- An Abridged Narrative
Between 1885 and 1894 The Montgomery Advertiser, The Birmingham-Age Herald, and The New Orleans Times Democrat featured a series of about 80 humorous black-dialect sketches by Robert Wilton Burton, a bookseller and writer from Auburn, Alabama.  According to Burton, these tales were based on various characters in the black community of Auburn, and 36 of them were devoted exclusively to a character called "Marengo Jake."  Probably originally from Virginia, Jake Mitchell was brought to the Drake Plantation in Marengo county as a boy in the 1850's.  After the Civil War, the Drake family moved to Auburn and many former slaves followed, forming a fairly large expatriate Marengo County community.  The theme of the stories, usually related by Jake, centers on the superiority of all things from Marengo County, especially over those in Lee County, in which Auburn is located
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Burton, Robert Wilton The Marengo Jake Stories : The Tales of Jake Mitchell and Robert Wilton Burton Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press,c2007 9780817354749
Subject African Americans -- Fiction.;Slaves -- Alabama -- Fiction.;Auburn (Ala.) -- Fiction.;Marengo County (Ala.) -- Fiction.;Alabama -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction
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Alt Author Mitchell, Jake
Hitchcock, Bert
Sport, Kathryn
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