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 nation folksong collections, this one doesn't specialize in songs accrued within the specific states, yet fairly on songs in regards to the lifestyles and instances of the folk of that country. the subjects diversity from the foremost historic occasions, similar to the Boston Tea celebration, the assault on fortress Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally vital occasions reminiscent of failures and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a few of the songs might be well known, similar to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less regular, haven't been reprinted because 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 prepared through areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by way of states inside of each one zone. for every country there are from 4 to 15 songs provided, with a standard of 10 songs in step with country. for every track, an entire textual content is reprented, via dialogue of the track in its historic context. References to to be had recordings and different types are given. Folksongs, comparable to these mentioned the following, are an immense software for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern studies of the earlier at a special point from that of up to date newspaper money owed and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are historical past writ small.
Includes: Away Down East, The previous Granite country, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to previous Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God sturdy to Iowa?, Dakota Land, expensive Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.