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 specialize in songs accumulated within the specific states, yet relatively on songs in regards to the lifestyles and instances of the folks of that nation. the subjects diversity from the foremost historic occasions, corresponding to the Boston Tea social gathering, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally very important occasions reminiscent of failures and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. many of the songs can be well known, resembling Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less wide-spread, haven't been reprinted when you consider that their unique book, yet should be studied due to what they inform concerning the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is prepared by means of areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by way of states inside every one quarter. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs offered, with a typical of 10 songs in keeping with kingdom. for every tune, an entire textual content is reprented, via dialogue of the tune in its old context. References to to be had recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, equivalent to these mentioned the following, are an immense software for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern studies of the previous at a distinct point from that of latest 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Away Down East, The previous Granite kingdom, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God stable to Iowa?, Dakota Land, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.