American Folk Songs 2 volumes : A Regional Encyclopedia by Norman Cohen

By Norman Cohen

This state-by-state choice 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 concentrate on songs amassed within the specific states, yet quite on songs in regards to the existence and instances of the folk of that country. the subjects diversity from the foremost ancient occasions, corresponding to the Boston Tea get together, the assault on castle Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically vital occasions similar to mess ups and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. many of the songs could be widely known, comparable to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less regular, haven't been reprinted due to the fact their unique booklet, yet need to be studied as a result of what they inform concerning the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is geared up by way of areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and through states inside each one area. for every country there are from 4 to 15 songs awarded, with a standard of 10 songs in step with nation. for every track, a whole textual content is reprented, through dialogue of the music in its old context. References to on hand recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, corresponding to these mentioned the following, are an incredible instrument for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern studies of the previous at a unique 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 am going 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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For Satan shall work No gain for his legions of Hampshire and York! They claim our possessions—the pitiful knaves— The tribute we pay shall be prisons and graves! Let Clinton and Ten Broek, with bribes in their hands, Still seek to divide and parcel our lands; We’ve coats for our traitors, whoever they are; The warp is of feathers—the filling of tar. Does the “old Bay State” threaten? Does Congress complain? Swarms Hampshire in arms on our borders again? Bark the war-dogs of Britain aloud on the lake— Let ’em come; what they can they are welcome to take.

Because of his opposition to war, he never acknowledged authorship of this poem until late in life. The Green Mountain Boys It was on one Monday morning in eighteen hundred and seventy-five, I thought myself quite happy to find myself alive. I harnessed up my horses, my business to pursue, And I went to hauling cordwood as I always used to do. The taverns being opened and the whisky running free, As soon as one glass was empty another was filled for me. Instead of hauling eight loads I didn’t haul but four, For I got so very drunk that I couldn’t haul no more.

Children lacking the skills to handle the complicated machinery and young men being needed for work on the family farm, Lowell’s mill owners conceived a novel plan to recruit young New England women, offering them better wages than they could obtain in other occupations open to them (such as seamstress, house maid, or schoolteacher). To avoid the inhumane circumstances of labor in English and European mills, the entrepreneurs envisioned a system whereby young middle-class women could work for a few years in the mills and then return to their homes, thus circumventing the establishment of a permanent working class.

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