Hard Scrabble, or, Miss Philises bobalition
- Hard Scrabble (Other title)
- Miss Philises bobalition (Other title)
- O Dear dear what can de matter be (First line:)
- Boston: W. Rutter?, 1824?
Creators and Contributors:
- Rutter, William
- Physical Description:
- 1 broadside ; 24 x 20 cm.
- Poem about an anti-Negro riot at Hard Scrabble or Hardscrabble, a suburb of Providence, R.I., in 1824.
- General notes:
- In form, a parody of the nursery rhyme, "O! dear, what can the matter be". The two characters, Pomp[ey] and Phillis, are mentioned on p. 15-16 of Hard-Scrabble calendar (Providence, 1824), which refers to the "shuffling" dances performed in that neighborhood as "the zig zag movements of Pomp and Phillis, when engaged in treading the 'minuet de la court'" (Joseph L. Tillinghast, for the defense in the ensuing trial)
- Printed in two columns divided by line of advertising with type ornaments at each end: Sold wholesale and retail at No. 152, Ann-Street--Boston. The printer may have been William Rutter.
- Printed area measures: 18.9 x 16.7 cm.
- Not in Shoemaker.
- Phillis -- Poetry
- Pompey -- Poetry
- African Americans -- Poetry
- Political satire, American -- Rhode Islan
- Riots -- Rhode Island -- Providence
- Hardscrabble (Providence, R.I.) -- Poetry
- Providence (R.I.) -- History -- Riot, 1824 -- Poetry
- Rhode Island -- Race relations -- Poetry
- United States -- Massachusetts -- Boston