Unnamed Bluegum Children

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According to dictionaries of American and African American slang, a 'bluegum' is a black person whose lips and/or gums look blue. The word appears in The Sound and the Fury in the folklore story Versh tells Benjamin about the Compsons before the Civil War. After one of their slaves becomes a "bluegum," the pregnant women he looks at deliver children who are "bluegum chillen," and after "about a dozen" of these children are born, they eat him (69).