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Children playing a singing game, West Virginia, 1941.
Children playing a singing game at Homestead School in West Virginia in 1941

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John McCready performing "King William was King James' Son" on August 2, 1939

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Sweetheart Songs
Other songs offered advice to children on love and marriage, such as "King William Was King James' Son." This is a folk song from Northern California during the time of California's second Gold Rush in the 1930s.

and now you're married you must be good
hire a man to chop your wood
hire another to carry it in
and now you may kiss your true love again

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CREDIT: Rothstein, Arthur, photographer. "Children Playing a Singing Game during Afternoon Play Period at Homestead School. West Virginia." December 1941. America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: McCready, John, performer. "King William was King James' Son." August 2, 1939. California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties. Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Library of Congress.