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Title
Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice
Contributor Names
Kennedy, Stetson (Collector)
Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (Collector)
Hurston, Zora Neale (Speaker)
Halpert, Herbert, 1911-2000 (Speaker)
Hurston, Zora Neale (Performer)
Created / Published
Jacksonville, Florida
Subject Headings
-  Bahamian Americans--Music
-  African Americans
-  Dance music
-  Songs
-  United States -- Florida -- Duval County -- Jacksonville
Genre
Songs
Notes
-  Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project in Florida.
-  A song from Nassau, the Bahama Islands, sung at jumping dances and fire dances. According to Zora Neale Hurston, "They're great songmakers, and their tunes are decidedly more African than the ones made by the Negroes in America. They make songs so rapidly, they say, 'Anything you do, we put you in sing,' and in a few hours they have a song about it. 'Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice' is about a woman that wanted to stay drunk all the time, and her husband is really complaining about it. He's explaining to the neighbors what's the matter with his wife and why they don't get along better."
-  Performance Note: "Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice" (vocals) performed by Zora Neale Hurston at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, Florida, on June 18, 1939.
Medium
Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1939/005: AFS 03139 B01
Source Collection
Herbert Halpert 1939 Southern States Recording Expedition (AFC 1939/005)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcflwpa.3139b1
Online Format
audio

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  • Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook Florida WPA Recordings (AFC 1939/013), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Alton C. Morris Florida WPA recordings (AFC 1939/026), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Florida WPA Recordings, 1940 (AFC 1940/011), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • American Folklife Center correspondence files, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Kennedy, Stetson, Herbert Halpert, Zora Neale Hurston, Herbert Halpert, and Zora Neale Hurston. Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice. Jacksonville, Florida, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000016/. (Accessed July 26, 2016.)

APA citation style:

Kennedy, S., Halpert, H., Hurston, Z. N., Halpert, H. & Hurston, Z. N. (1939) Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice. Jacksonville, Florida. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000016/.

MLA citation style:

Kennedy, Stetson, et al. Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice. Jacksonville, Florida, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/flwpa000016/>.