By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state selection of folksongs describes the historical past, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. in contrast to all different nation folksong collections, this one doesn't specialise in songs gathered within the specific states, yet particularly on songs in regards to the existence and occasions of the folk of that kingdom. the subjects diversity from the key historic occasions, corresponding to the Boston Tea social gathering, the assault on castle Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically vital occasions akin to mess ups and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a few of the songs may be widely known, similar to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less customary, haven't been reprinted considering the fact that their unique book, yet should be studied due to what they inform in regards to the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is prepared via areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by way of states inside each one zone. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs provided, with a normal of 10 songs in keeping with nation. for every tune, an entire textual content is reprented, through dialogue of the music in its historic context. References to to be had recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, akin to these mentioned right here, are a major software for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern studies of the earlier at a distinct point from that of up to date newspaper debts and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are heritage writ small.
Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite country, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God strong to Iowa?, Dakota Land, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.
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American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia by Norm Cohen