Is Cotton-Eyed Joe about slavery?

According to theorists, “Cotton-Eyed Joe” is about the African American slaves before the Civil War.

Is Cotton-Eyed Joe offensive?

Its origins are unclear, but it’s been covered and rejiggered many times over the last 200 years, but for the most part, Scheinert nails its original spirit: The song was a racist tune that utilizes awful, racist stereotypes about black people, who were slaves in America when it was initially written.

What does being Cotton Eyed mean?

The phrase may refer to: being drunk on moonshine, or having been blinded by drinking wood alcohol, turning the eyes milky white; a black person with very light blue eyes; miners covered in dirt with the exception of their white eyes; someone whose eyes were milky white from bacterial infections of trachoma or syphilis

What is the story behind the song Cotton-Eyed Joe?

Like many traditional folk songs, the first person to write and play “Cotton Eye Joe” is a mystery. The song pre-dates the Civil War and was likely written between 1800 and 1860. “Cotton Eye Joe” circulated through the southern states, especially amongst slaves, as a song to sing and dance along to.

Who originally wrote Cotton-Eyed Joe?


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