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Yo' Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux – Louisiana Children's Folklore and Play - University Press of Mississippi
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Yo' Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux: Louisiana Children's Folklore and Play

Jeanne Pitre Soileau


“Yo’ Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux” presents a forty-four year study of South Louisiana African American children’s performance lore, from the last third of the twentieth century to the first ten years of the twenty-first, beginning with the era of integration in New Orleans and ending with the age of computers and the internet. Using a set of simple questions like “What jokes do you tell?” and “Can you do a hand clap for me?” the author recorded the voices of African American children and their friends playing “dozens,” telling jokes, and performing verbally for each other. Ov ... More

Keywords: African Americanchild lore, Louisiana children’s folklore, Schoolyard lore, South Louisiana, African Americanverbal performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496810403
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496810403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeanne Pitre Soileau, author