By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state selection of folksongs describes the background, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. in contrast to all different kingdom folksong collections, this one doesn't specialise in songs accrued within the specific states, yet quite on songs about the lifestyles and occasions of the folk of that kingdom. the themes diversity from the foremost historic occasions, comparable to the Boston Tea social gathering, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally vital occasions equivalent to mess ups and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a few of the songs could be well known, similar to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less usual, haven't been reprinted due to the fact their unique 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 equipped via areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by way of states inside of each one quarter. for every country there are from 4 to 15 songs awarded, with an ordinary of 10 songs in keeping with country. for every tune, an entire textual content is reprented, through dialogue of the tune in its historic context. References to to be had recordings and different types are given. Folksongs, equivalent to these mentioned right here, are a big device for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern studies of the prior at a special point from that of up to date newspaper debts and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are background writ small.
Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite nation, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God strong to Iowa?, Dakota Land, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off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