“Cecil Sharp perceived the ‘predominant culture’ of the southern mountains to be ‘Anglo-Celtic.’ …in his eyes they were ‘English peasants’ whose culture had remained ‘pure’ and undiluted, even after many generations in the southern mountains. Therefore, he presumed the Kentucky dances to be survivals of old English country dances. These dances, however, were neither as old nor as English as Sharp imagined.”
Cultural Data Collection in Appalachia
A'yen Tran

Phil Jamison, Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (Music in American Life),(University of Illinois Press, 2015), 63.

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