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Artist or CreatorNicholas Garland
Title or Caption"Tar-baby ain't sayin' nuthin', en' Brer Fox, he lay low!"
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Published byDaily Telegraph
Date12 May 1972
FormatNewspaper
Person DepictedNixon; Richard M. (Richard Milhous), (1913-1994)
Brezhnev; Leonid Ilyich (1906-1982)
Implied textLiterature: Uncle Remus was a fictional character, the title character and
fictional narrator of a collection of African American folktales adapted and compiled by
Joel Chandler Harris, Brer Rabbit ("Brother Rabbit") is the main character of the stories,
a likable trickster prone to getting into trouble who is often opposed by Brer Fox and Brer
Bear. In one tale, Brer Fox and Brer Bear construct a lump of tar and put clothing on it.
When Brer Rabbit comes along he addresses the "tar baby" amiably, but receives no response.
Brer Rabbit becomes offended by what he perceives as Tar Baby's lack of manners, kicks it,
and becomes stuck. Now that Brer Rabbit is stuck, Fox ponders how to dispose of him. The
helpless, but cunning, Brer Rabbit pleads, "Please don't throw me in the briar patch,"
prompting Fox to do exactly that. As rabbits are at home in thickets, the resourceful Brer
Rabbit escapes. Using the phrases "please don't throw me in the briar patch" and "tar baby"
to refer to the idea of 'a problem that gets worse the more one struggles against it'
became part of the wider Culture of the United States in the mid-20th century.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Remus
Notes News: 12 May: The Soviet Government "strongly insisted" that the United States
should immediately cease its mine-laying and other operations to blockade North Vietnamese
ports and disrupt overland communications.
SubjectsResemblance
rabbits
Hammer and Sickle
USA
Vietnam
foreign policy
Literature
foxes
fiction
Quotations
Russia
Vietnam War 1964-1973
Presidents USA
Copyright contact detailssyndication@telegraph.co.uk
Genreparody
Relates to cartoonNG0810

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GB/BCA/984Brezhnev; Leonid Ilyich (1906-1982)1906-1982   
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