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The folk belief, \"If you have a mole on your neck, you will be hanged,\" was heard around the turn of the century and before, when hanging was a common form of execution. Charles Waddell Chesnutt uses this belief from the folklore of southern African Americans as an important tool to develop the theme of social strangulation in The Marrow of Tradition, first published in 1901.
An examination of the ways in which black folklore and song give evidence of the trials and triumphs had during post-Civil War segregation. Prevalent themes in Black folklore often include a trickster defeating a stronger foe, or a hero of superhuman power, while songs often speak of sorrow or anger over oppression.