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Folklore, memory, and the volunteers of 1926
in A lark for the sake of their country
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In the last quarter of the twentieth century and into the early twenty-first century, a number of scholars, mostly folklorists, concentrated specifically on collective memory and the ways memories (re)construct history/ies, identity/ies, genres, nations, ethnic groups, gender, and social class. Much folklore scholarship during this time has explored the interplay among narrative, structure, individual creativity, performance and their power to formulate, preserve, and transmit group identity. Despite all the efforts, both private and governmental, that went into creating a volunteer force to counteract the General Strike, few scholars have taken seriously the political and symbolic import of the volunteers' activities. Corpus volunteers were responding to the atmosphere of the day; there was not much more on their minds than enjoying a patriotic lark and doing their duty. Much of the article is devoted to describing the activities of Corpus men in 1926.

A lark for the sake of their country

The 1926 General Strike volunteers in folklore and memory

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