Lay My Burden Down: A Folk History of Slavery

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART ONE. MOTHER WIT
FOOLING MASTER AND CATCHING JOHN 3
Fooling Master 3
Catching John 3
It Was a Possum a While Ago 3
Pig-Ooie, Pig 4
Malitis 4
The Boots That Wouldn't Come Off 5
I Come To Tell Them I Couldn't Come 6
Master Pumpkin 6
What the Pass Said 6
Polly Parrot 7
The Terrapin That Could Talk 7
Turn the Tray Around 7
I Come from Above, where All Is Love 8
Laying Down and Getting Up 8
Cussing Master 8
Joke: Putting Hand under Old Mistress' Dress 9
TALL TALES AND TALL TALK 10
The Promised Land 10
Big Corn 10
They Were Men in Those Days 11
Set-down Hogs 12
Bad Man Yell 12
How COME 13
Why the Boll Weevil Came 13
The Brown Bear and the Pickaninny 13
Nicodemus and the Sycamore Tree 13
Why Partridges Can't Fly over Trees 14
The Sheep and the Goats 14
The Coon and the Dog 14
You Just Can't Get Away from What the Lord Said 15
LINCOLN AND OTHERS 16
Where Lincoln Wrote His Name 16
When Lincoln Came Down To Free Us 16
Maybe Mr. Lincoln Ain't So Bad 18
What Frederick Douglass Said 19
Steve Renfroe19
Sam Bass 20
BIRDS AND BEASTS 22
I'm Being Took 22
Breaking the Balk 22

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