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GUEST,tom Lyr Add: Death Song (Paul Laurence Dunbar) (1) RE: Lyr Add: Death Song - from rare African-Amer 05 Aug 05

Azizi ,somebody told me that there was an African- American university set up in the South a short time before Dunbar was writing which was seen as a threat by the white establishment and shut down. Do you know anything about this?
The dialect writing seems to me to reflect a certain reticence amongst black Americans in aspiring to more elevated forms of writing as a result of disappointment with their post-bellum status.
By the way I live in Ireland where the name Tom doesn't have the same connotations . We have a word, Seanin -little Sean-which roughly corresponds .

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