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That's because, as McGlinn observed, the anti-racist message of the work is lost if they don't use the word.  There is the story of that recording that he wanted everything to be authentic and had hired a black chorus.  The very first words in "Showboat" is "N..s all work on the Mississippi...".  The chorus didn't get beyond the first word before they stopped and said "wait a minute, we can't sing that!  You'll have to change the word."  McGlinn told them that no, he'd have to change the chorus and dismissed them all and hired the Ambrosian Singers instead.  It's the same as if you ever see Jewish plays about the plight of the Jews in unsympathetic society, they will include derrogatory terms for "Jew" just to give the message the appropriate impact.

db
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On Wed, 4/29/15, Stewart Gooderman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Pittsburgh's Stephen Foster Memorial Museum
 To: [log in to unmask]
 Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:15 PM
 
 The John McGlinn 3 CD
 recording of Show Boat uses the word.
 
 DrG
 
 > On Apr 28, 2015, at
 12:19 PM, Dave Burnham <[log in to unmask]>
 wrote:
 > 
 > I
 don't think the "N" word actually occurs in
 any version of "Old Man River". 
 > 
 > db
 > 
 > Sent from my
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