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Did You Know ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ is About Tax?

Public Domain from Mother Goose in 1901, Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes people have claimed the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep is about race and the slave trade.

It’s not. It’s most likely a complaint about tax.

The economy of thirteenth century England was all about wool. The master in the nursery rhyme is Edward I, the King who introduced the Great Wool Tax in 1275. The dame is the church, who also collected a…

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Mari Sherret

Mari Sherret

Parenting, feminism, reproductive rights. Enjoys rain after hot weather. Getting better at being wrong.