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Native American balladry, a descriptive…

Native American balladry, a descriptive study and a bibliographical…

by G. Malcolm Laws

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    American Balladry from British Broadsides by G. Malcolm Laws (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: "American Balladry from British Broadsides" and "Native American Balladry" were published separately, but they are really a single work, Malcolm Laws's monumental classification of Anglo-American folk song types. Every serious folk song scholar should have both.… (more)

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For MacEdward Leach
whose friendship and enthusiasm
have been a continuing source
of pleasure and inspiration.
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(Preface to the First Edition [1950]:) Thanks to the tireless work of regional collectors of folksong during the past few decades, American literature has been enriched by the printed texts of hundreds of songs previously preserved in the memories of folk singers.
(Preface to the Revised Edition [1963]:) Since the first edition of this work was published in 1950, a number of major folksong collections have appeared and some important work on native balladry has been done.
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A Definition of Native American Balladry

Before entering into a discussion of native American balladry, it is necessary to define the term "popular ballad" with some precision.
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