Cecil Sharp's visit in 1915 was not the first time interested folk in New England and the mid-West had seen Morris dance or English country dance.

Before him came Mary Neal, Florence Warren, and A. Claud Wright. Read more in Daniel Walkowitz's book, City Folk, for one view of the clash which resulted from so many larger than life personalities focused on one rather small niche activity:

https://books.google.com/books?id=E9blDg4y0p8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=city+folk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=b0KkVMHEJdiRuAT2iYLgCQ&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=city%20folk&f=false

     
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