Audio Recording Worked All Summer Long

Worked All Summer Long

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Worked All Summer Long

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Worked All Summer Long
Contributor Names
Kennedy, Stetson (Collector)
Cook, Robert Harrison (Collector)
Kennedy, Stetson (Speaker)
Griffin, James (Speaker)
Griffin, James (Performer)
Created / Published
Cross City, Florida
Subject Headings
-  Spoken word
-  African Americans
-  Work songs
-  Interviews
-  Songs
-  United States -- Florida -- Dixie County -- Cross City
Spoken word
-  The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified.
-  The singer, a 21-year-old Tennessee-born turpentine worker at Putnam Lumber Company, learned this song while at the Dixie County Prison Camp. He served three months for not paying the lumber company $50 for three months' rent, which he said he accumulated while he was ill.
-  Performance Note: "Worked All Summer Long" (vocals) performed by James Griffin at Office of the Aycock & Lindsey Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 19, 1939.
Sound disc : analog ; 12 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1939/013: AFS 03527 A01
Source Collection
Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook WPA Florida Recordings (AFC 1939/013)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Credit line

Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:

  • 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, Robert Harrison Cook, Stetson Kennedy, James Griffin, and James Griffin. Worked All Summer Long. Cross City, Florida, 1939. Audio.

APA citation style:

Kennedy, S., Cook, R. H., Kennedy, S., Griffin, J. & Griffin, J. (1939) Worked All Summer Long. Cross City, Florida. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Kennedy, Stetson, et al. Worked All Summer Long. Cross City, Florida, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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