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“Camptown Races” definition

A song by Stephen Foster. It begins:

Camptown ladies sing dis song,
Doodah! doodah!
Camptown racetrack five miles long,
Oh! doodah day!
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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  • Phyl was in high spirits; the tune of camptown races, which a street boy had been whistling as they started, pursued her.

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole

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