Life flows on in endless song: folk songs and American history

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University of ILLINOIS Press, 2009 - Music - 245 pages

Life Flows on in Endless Song explores American folk songs as a frame for the American experience. Robert V. Wells discusses how folk songs emerged from particular historical circumstances and evolved as they migrated from one region to another. Crafting a thematic map of four centuries of American history, Wells investigates how songs embody shifting attitudes toward the institution of the family, war and religion, work and the labor movement, transportation in America, and slavery and Jim Crow. He also considers modern folk heroes Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie. Featuring a selective discography of key recordings, this book offers an accessible model for using folk songs as a richly evocative reflection of the American past.

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Contents

Of God and Country
35
CHAPTER 4
67
Traveling On
121
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Robert V. Wells is the Chauncey H. Winters Professor of History and Social Sciences at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and the author of Facing the 'King of Terrors': Living with Death in an American Community in Schenectady, New York, 1750-1990 and other works.

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