By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state selection of folksongs describes the historical past, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. not like all different country folksong collections, this one doesn't concentrate on songs amassed within the specific states, yet relatively on songs in regards to the existence and instances of the folk of that country. the subjects diversity from the main ancient occasions, comparable to the Boston Tea occasion, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally very important occasions akin to failures and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a number of the songs may be well known, equivalent to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less general, haven't been reprinted because their unique book, yet need to 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 prepared through areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by means of states inside each one quarter. for every kingdom there are from 4 to 15 songs provided, with a regular of 10 songs in keeping with nation. for every track, an entire textual content is reprented, by way of dialogue of the track in its ancient context. References to to be had recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, equivalent to these mentioned the following, are an enormous instrument for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reviews of the earlier at a unique point from that of up to date newspaper bills and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are heritage writ small.
Includes: Away Down East, The previous Granite kingdom, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God reliable to Iowa?, Dakota Land, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am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