Saturday, January 18, 2014

Rose of Alabama

Since a reader recently commented that they found all things Alabama intriguing, I thought I would do another Yellowhammer State related post. 

Like so many minstrel songs, "The Rose of Alabama" chose to have a Southern setting and an enslaved protagonist in love - although in this song it is difficult to tell if he is more in love with Rose or his banjo. The song's music was copyrighted in 1846, but it likely had an even earlier origin. The catchy tune was a favorite for decades after. 

Here's a version by the 2nd South Carolina String Band.

Images courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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