By Robert Wilton Burton

Between 1885 and 1894 The Montgomery Advertiser, The Birmingham-Age Herald, and The New Orleans instances Democrat featured a sequence of approximately eighty funny black-dialect sketches by way of Robert Wilton Burton, a bookseller and author from Auburn, Alabama.  in line with Burton, those stories have been in accordance with a variety of characters within the black group of Auburn, and 36 of them have been dedicated solely to a personality referred to as "Marengo Jake."  most likely initially from Virginia, Jake Mitchell was once dropped at the Drake Plantation in Marengo county as a boy within the 1850's.  After the Civil battle, the Drake family members moved to Auburn and lots of former slaves undefined, forming a pretty big expatriate Marengo County community.  The subject of the tales, often comparable via Jake, facilities at the superiority of all issues from Marengo County, particularly over these in Lee County, within which Auburn is located.

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