Life Flows On in Endless Song: Folk Songs and American History (Music in American Life)
By: Robert V. Wells (author)Paperback
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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.
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.
Preface: Chapter 1: Who Was Tom Dooley?: History and Folk Songs 1; Chapter 2: Careless Love: Courtship, Marriage, and Children 14; Chapter 3: "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory": Of God and Country 57; Chapter 4: "Take This Hammer": Work and the Labor Movement 105; Chapter 5: The Man Who Never Returned: Ships, Trains and Other Transportation 150; Chapter 6: Just Lookin' for a Home: Traveling On 190; Chapter 7: Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: Hard Times and Hard Men 231; Chapter 8: How Can I Keep from Singing?: Huddie Ledbetter and Woody Guthrie 277; Coda: Thinking about Folk Songs 307; Bibliography and Discography 321
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