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  1. Fantastic to see this history and derivation. We all sang these songs on my school outings but i never realised they came from Mobile Alabama. Wonderful history. Thanks.

  2. When reading James Lee Burke’s series of Dave Robicheaux novels that take place in Louisiana, I always wondered why the jailers and prison guards were referred to as “screws”. Now I know. Essentially they were forcing human cargo into tight spaces where the human cargo didn’t really want to fit.

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