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Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey

by Sterling Brown

Poverty Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #4

Picknickin' fools…. (12)

Could it be that the fans pack their lunches in order to save money while traveling?

Quote #5

Sing us 'bout de hard luck
Roun' our do'; (36)

While this line could be taken as a request for Ma to sing about the struggles that black people endure in a racist southern community, it's also likely about the poverty they must deal with, too. And poverty and racism were intertwined back then, as black people were given few opportunities to make their lives better. Hence, the blues.

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