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Revisionist History

Revising Revisionist History: En Brer Fox, He Lay Low

I had stories read to me at about the time the movie came out in 1948 (and I had seen the picture show) by my grandmothers of some of the Joel Chandler Harris tales of Brer Bear, Brer Fox, et al. And they both read as the stories were written in the dialect of the era where I could feel myself in the story: “Tar Baby ain’t sayin’ nothin’ en Brer Fox, he lay low.” And always, believed that Uncle Remus was a character filled with wisdom, kindness, and genuine affection for the white people who loved him.