New PDF release: American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia - 2 Volumes Set

By Norm Cohen

ISBN-10: 0313340471

ISBN-13: 9780313340475

This state-by-state selection of folksongs describes the background, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. not like all different nation folksong collections, this one doesn't concentrate on songs accumulated within the specific states, yet quite on songs about the existence and instances of the folks of that nation. the themes diversity from the key old occasions, equivalent to the Boston Tea get together, the assault on castle Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically very important occasions equivalent to failures and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a few of the songs might be widely known, comparable to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less time-honored, haven't been reprinted considering that their unique ebook, 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 of every one zone. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs provided, with an ordinary of 10 songs in line with nation. for every tune, a whole textual content is reprented, by means of dialogue of the track in its old context. References to on hand recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, reminiscent of these mentioned right here, are a huge device for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern studies of the previous at a special point from that of up to date newspaper money owed and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are background writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The previous Granite kingdom, 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, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.

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20 In 1728 the Honorable House of Representatives of His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England granted six square miles of land to the survivors and heirs of nonsurvivors of Captain John Lovewell’s band of Indian fighters. Shortly afterward, the town took the name Suncook, the Indian name of the river flowing through the area. 21 Miss Josie A. Langmaid, a 17-year-old student at Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, New Hampshire, failed to appear at school on the morning of October 4, 1875.

On June 8, 1848, while he was riding the train headed for Oldtown, the train jumped the track near Stillwater, pinning him to the ground. 8 The ballad was well known after the accident occurred, but by the 1930s, when the editors of the New Green Mountain Songster (NGMS ) were collecting songs in New England, they found only three individuals who could recall any part of it. ” The final stanza suggests that the ballad was written in part to encourage donations to help Sawyer’s widow, Mary J. Sawyer, who eventually was buried alongside her husband in the Stillwater Cemetery.

So young and fair and in life’s bloom, To be hurried away so soon to the tomb. Come, all young ladies, a warning take, And shun such reptiles for Susan’s sake. 19 NEW ENGLAND 21 According to folk song collector Linscott, this murder took place in 1847. Joseph Buzzell, upon being sued by his former sweetheart, Susan Hanson, after he jilted her, hired Charles Cook to kill her. But shortly afterward he had a change of heart, leaped on his horse, and galloped off to Miss Hanson’s home in Brookfield to avert the murder.

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