By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state choice of folksongs describes the heritage, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. not like all different kingdom folksong collections, this one doesn't concentrate on songs accrued within the specific states, yet really on songs about the lifestyles and occasions of the folk of that kingdom. the themes variety from the foremost ancient occasions, akin to the Boston Tea social gathering, the assault on castle Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically very important occasions similar to failures and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. many of the songs could be widely known, resembling Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less well-known, haven't been reprinted considering their unique e-book, yet should be studied as a result of what they inform in regards to the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is geared up via areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by means of states inside every one sector. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs offered, with a typical of 10 songs consistent with country. for every track, an entire textual content is reprented, through dialogue of the music in its ancient context. References to on hand recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, equivalent to these mentioned the following, are a tremendous device for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reviews of the earlier at a unique point from that of latest newspaper bills and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are heritage writ small.
Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite kingdom, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i am going again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God strong to Iowa?, Dakota Land, expensive Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.
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American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia by Norm Cohen