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Ballplaying by Slaves is Part of a Normal Plantation Sunday in GA

Salience Noteworthy
Tags African Americans
Location US South
City/State/Country: near Savannah?, GA, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Holiday Sabbath
Text

"The slaves had finished the tasks that had been assigned to them in the morning and were now enjoying holiday recreations. Some were trundling the hoop, some were playing ball, some were dancing at the sound of the fiddle . . . In this manner the Sabbath is usually spent on a Southern plantation." Emily Burke, Pleasure and Pain: Reminiscences of Georgia in the 1840s (Beehive Press, Savannah, GA, 1991), pages 40-41. Originally published in Ohio in 1850. Text unavailable 11/08 on Google Books.

-- Emily Burke, northerner schoolteacher

 

 

Sources

Per Thomas L. Altherr, "Chucking the Old Apple: Recent Discoveries of Pre-1840 North American Ball Games," Base Ball, Volume 2, number 1 (Spring 2008), page 30.

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