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Title
The first wench done turned white
Additional title: Says Miss Liza Green, you will seldom see another wench that can change like me. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: There's a lot of argmentation round the colored population 'bout Liza Green the wench that changed her color. [first line]
Names
Rogers, Ed (Composer)
Rogers, Ed (Lyricist)
Collection

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1897

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1897
Place: New York
Publisher: F.A. Mills
Library locations
Music Division
Topics
Songs
African Americans -- 1890-1899 -- Social life
African Americans -- 1890-1899 -- Women
Fans (Accessories) -- American -- United States
Genres
Scores
Notes
Content: Cover illustration includes a hand fan among floral designs.
Content: Descriptive subtitle on cover: A colored revelation.
Content: Summary: In stereotype dialect, song describes Liza Green having changed her color from black to white (yellow) is now the talk of African Americans who despise her since she will no longer associate with them, and has purchased a dress to match her new skin color.
Statement of responsibility: by Ed. Rogers.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Languages
English
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0ce95760-c592-012f-9fcf-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1897: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The first wench done turned white" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1783-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The first wench done turned white" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 21, 2020. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1783-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1897). The first wench done turned white Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1783-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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The first wench done turned white