The Marengo Jake Stories: The Tales of Jake Mitchell and Robert Wilton Burton (Library of Alabama Classics)

By: Mitchell, Jake

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Between 1885 and 1894 "The Montgomery Advertiser, The Birmingham-Age Herald," and "The New Orleans Times Democrat" featured a series of about 80 humorous black-dialect sketches by Robert Wilton Burton, a bookseller and writer from Auburn, Alabama. According to Burton, these tales were based on various characters in the black community of Auburn, and 36 of them were devoted exclusively to a character called "Marengo Jake." Probably originally from Virginia, Jake Mitchell was brought to the Drake Plantation in Marengo county as a boy in the 1850's. After the Civil War, the Drake family moved to Auburn and many former slaves followed, forming a fairly large expatriate Marengo County community. The theme of the stories, usually related by Jake, centers on the superiority of all things from Marengo County, especially over those in Lee County, in which Auburn is located.

Title: The Marengo Jake Stories: The Tales of Jake Mitchell and Robert Wilton Burton (Library of Alabama Classics)

Author Name: Mitchell, Jake

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Edition: 2

Publisher: University Alabama Press:

ISBN Number: 0817354743

ISBN Number 13: 9780817354749

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0817354743Z2

Description: 0817354743 Crisp, clean, unread paperback with light shelfwear to the covers and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!