"Young Eph's Lament" Song Sheet
Scope and Content
The “Young Eph’s Lament” Song Sheet, circa 1850-1899, is a 5 x 8 inch hand-colored lithograph song sheet featuring four stanzas in stereotypical black dialect. The song sheet includes a hand-colored lithograph of a Union soldier conversing with an African American who is carrying a walking stick. A palmetto tree is in the background. The “Lament” is comprised of four stanzas and begins, “Oh, where will I go if dis war breaks de country up, and de dar-keys hab to scat-ter a-round…” Per the seller’s description, the song sheet was “intended for the northerner craving peace but not necessarily abolition.”
- Creation: circa 1850-1899
- Charles Magnus & Co. (Publisher, Organization)
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Charles Magnus (1826-1900) worked in New York City from 1850 to 1899 as a print publisher, map dealer, book seller, and stationer. He issued over one thousand unique letter sheets, maps, song sheets, envelopes, and prints.
0.06 cubic feet (1 letter folder)
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The “Young Eph’s Lament” Song Sheet, circa 1850-1899, is a 5 x 8 inch hand-colored lithograph song sheet featuring four stanzas in stereotypical black dialect.
The song sheet is housed in one letter folder.
James Madison University Special Collections acquired this item at auction from Cohasco, Inc. in January 2016.
- “Charles Magnus Collection, ca. 1850-1890.” Finding aid at the Winterthur Library, Winterthur, De. Accessed February 22, 2017. http://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/HTML_Finding_Aids/COL0123.htm.
The archivist applied a contextual date based on Charles Magnus’ years of operation.
- A Guide to the “Young Eph’s Lament” Song Sheet, circa 1850-1899
- Tiffany Cole
- February 2017
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