Hangman, Hangman, What Fruit Do You Bear?

Southern trees bear a strange fruit

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root

Black bodies swinging’ in the Southern breeze

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

 

It’s curious, how no one knows the origin of the game hangman. A cursory search of various academic databases and archives yield a few results that offer a concrete tracing of its origins, if not its history.  Read more

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