Uncle Remus

Joel Chandler HARRIS (1848 - 1908)

Many readers will already be familiar with Uncle Remus’ favorite animal characters – Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox among them – and some of the popular tales concerning them. (To this day, “tar baby” as an expression for a particularly sticky situation that is almost impossible to solve, has passed into the English language and common use.) Even people who have never read any of these tales will know exactly why you don’t throw a rabbit into a briar patch, mainly because Walt Disney produced his first movie ever to use professional actors with animation, called “Song of the South”, based on the Uncle Remus tales.

Joel Chandler Harris, a newsman in Georgia, grew up listening to folktales told by the local black population. Later, he published his version of these tales in a series of stories printed in the “Atlanta Constitution.” The tales of, and by, Harris’ chief character Uncle Remus, an old black man scrabbling to make his living in the post-Civil War South, were extremely popular and widely read. Harris’ use of innovative spelling to give the reader a sense of the black dialect was considered novel. While this is not a book that will pass a current political correctness test, due to its use of labels for black folks which have gone out of polite conversation, Uncle Remus is a largely sympathetic look at post-war plantation life. Uncle Remus himself is a warm, folksy man of good humor and dry wit, and after finishing his animal stories, the remaining sayings and tales are a moment of history frozen in amber. (Summary by Mark)

Genre(s): Animals & Nature

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 1 - 01 - Uncle Remus initiates the Little Boy Mark F. Smith
00:06:45
Play 02 1 - 02 - The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story Mark F. Smith
00:05:48
Play 03 1 - 03 - Why Mr. Possum loves Peace Mark F. Smith
00:06:46
Play 04 1 - 04 - How Mr. Rabbit was too sharp for Mr. Fox Mark F. Smith
00:05:26
Play 05 1 - 05 - The Story of the Deluge, and how it came about Mark F. Smith
00:06:06
Play 06 1 - 06 - Mr. Rabbit grossly deceives Mr. Fox Mark F. Smith
00:09:26
Play 07 1 - 07 - Mr. Fox is again victimized Mark F. Smith
00:08:51
Play 08 1 - 08 - Mr. Fox is outdone by Mr. Buzzard Mark F. Smith
00:06:11
Play 09 1 - 09 - Miss Cow falls a Victim to Mr. Rabbit Mark F. Smith
00:09:04
Play 10 1 - 10 - Mr. Terrapin appears upon the Scene Mark F. Smith
00:08:44
Play 11 1 - 11 - Mr. Wolf makes a Failure Mark F. Smith
00:07:34
Play 12 1 - 12 - Mr. Fox tackles Old Man Tarrypin Mark F. Smith
00:05:26
Play 13 1 - 13 - The Awful Fate of Mr. Wolf Mark F. Smith
00:07:40
Play 14 1 - 14 - Mr. Fox and the Deceitful Frogs Mark F. Smith
00:04:17
Play 15 1 - 15 - Mr. Fox goes a-hunting, but Mr. Rabbit bags the Game Mark F. Smith
00:04:34
Play 16 1 - 16 - Old Mr. Rabbit, he's a Good Fisherman Mark F. Smith
00:06:35
Play 17 1 - 17 - Mr. Rabbit nibbles up the Butter Mark F. Smith
00:09:04
Play 18 1 - 18 - Mr. Rabbit finds his Match at last Mark F. Smith
00:08:22
Play 19 1 - 19 - The Fate of Mr. Jack Sparrow Mark F. Smith
00:09:13
Play 20 1 - 20 - How Mr. Rabbit saved his Meat Mark F. Smith
00:09:00
Play 21 # 1 - 21 - Mr. Rabbit meets his Match again Mark F. Smith
00:05:16
Play 22 1 - 22 - A Story about the Little Rabbits Mark F. Smith
00:06:09
Play 23 1 - 23 - Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Bear Mark F. Smith
00:06:02
Play 24 1 - 24 - Mr. Bear catches Old Mr. Bull-Frog Mark F. Smith
00:07:20
Play 25 1 - 25 - How Mr. Rabbit lost his Fine Bushy Tail Mark F. Smith
00:06:08
Play 26 1 - 26 - Mr. Terrapin shows his Strength Mark F. Smith
00:07:47
Play 27 1 - 27 - Why Mr. Possum has no Hair on his Tail Mark F. Smith
00:08:50
Play 28 1 - 28 - The End of Mr. Bear Mark F. Smith
00:08:04
Play 29 # 1 - 29 - Mr. Fox gets into Serious Business Mark F. Smith
00:08:03
Play 30 1 - 30 - How Mr. Rabbit succeeded in raising a Dust Mark F. Smith
00:07:28
Play 31 1 - 31 - A Plantation Witch Mark F. Smith
00:09:55
Play 32 1 - 32 - Jacky-my-Lantern Mark F. Smith
00:09:09
Play 33 1 - 33 - Why the Negro is Black Mark F. Smith
00:04:01
Play 34 # 1 - 34 - The Sad Fate of Mr. Fox Mark F. Smith
00:10:06
Play 35 1 - 35 - Plantation Proverbs Mark F. Smith
00:08:07
Play 36 2 - 1 - Revival Hymn, Camp-Meeting Song, Corn-Shucking Song Mark F. Smith
00:09:19
Play 37 2 - 2 - The Plough-hands Song, Christmas Play-Song, Plantation Play-Song, A Plantation Chant, A Plantation Serenade Mark F. Smith
00:09:31
Play 38 2 - 3 - De Big Bethel Church, Time goes by Turns Mark F. Smith
00:03:33
Play 39 3 - A Story of the War Mark F. Smith
00:19:53
Play 40 # 4 - 1 - Jeems Rober'son's Last Illness, Uncle Remus's Church Experience, Uncle Remus and the Savannah Darkey Mark F. Smith
00:11:37
Play 41 4 - 2 - Turnip Salad as a Text, A Confession, Uncle Remus with the Toothache Mark F. Smith
00:09:20
Play 42 4 - 3 - The Phonograph, Race Improvement, In the Role of a Tartar Mark F. Smith
00:09:00
Play 43 4 - 4 - A Case of Measles, The Emigrants, As a Murderer Mark F. Smith
00:09:42
Play 44 # 4 - 5 - His Practical View of Things, That Deceitful Jug, The Florida Watermelon Mark F. Smith
00:14:51
Play 45 # 4 - 6 - Uncle Remus preaches to a Convert, As to Education, A Temperance Reformer Mark F. Smith
00:07:21
Play 46 4 - 7 - As a Weather Prophet, The Old Man's Troubles, The Fourth of July Mark F. Smith
00:11:20