American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia - 2 Volumes Set by Norm Cohen

By Norm Cohen

This state-by-state number of folksongs describes the historical past, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. not like all different nation folksong collections, this one doesn't concentrate on songs gathered within the specific states, yet relatively on songs in regards to the lifestyles and occasions of the folks of that kingdom. the themes variety from the foremost ancient occasions, similar to the Boston Tea occasion, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally very important occasions similar to mess ups and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a number of the songs could be well known, corresponding to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less commonly used, haven't been reprinted considering that their unique book, yet need to be studied due to what they inform in regards to the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is geared up by means of areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and via states inside every one sector. for every country there are from 4 to 15 songs awarded, with a standard of 10 songs in line with kingdom. for every track, a whole textual content is reprented, by means of dialogue of the tune in its historic context. References to on hand recordings and different types are given. Folksongs, similar to these mentioned right here, are an enormous device for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reports of the prior at a unique point from that of latest newspaper debts and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are background writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite nation, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to previous Virginny, i am going again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek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 stable to Iowa?, Dakota Land, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.

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Working hours steadily lengthened, wages were occasionally cut, and workers were put in charge of greater numbers of spindles (“the stretch-out”) that were operated at great rates (the “speed-up”). Starting in the mid-1840s, a so-called premium system was inaugurated, by which overseers were paid extra for any production exceeding the normal. One means to overproduction consisted in turning back the clock in the evening to delay the ringing of the quitting bell. One positive result of the Lowell system was that overseers learned that the better-educated women generally learned faster and were more productive; hence it was to their advantage to encourage educational 20 AMERICAN FOLK SONGS opportunities and to prefer middle-class New England women to uneducated foreigners.

See how he cuts his pranks, He’s sure he can’t get further, for the piles of boards and planks; So pompously he questions, a Pat of humble caste, Who tells him he was never yate away Down Aste. But soon he spied a Native, who was up to snuff, I ween, Who pointing at a precipice says, don’t you see something green? Then off he jumped to rise no more, except he lives on yeast, And this I think should be his drink away Down East. 9 The expression “down east” refers to Maine and the maritime provinces of Canada.

Scarce had a month then pass’d away, When she with her new love did stay; Much would they dread and greatly fear, Then should his frightful ghost appear. Now lovers all, I pray be true, Don’t break your vows, what ere you do; The God above rules all below, May punish you with nameless wo. Some passed by his grave, ’tis said, And there cast slurs upon the dead; The time will come and soon will be, They must lie there as well as he. 14 The Green Mountain Songster, from which this text was copied, is a hand-written song compilation made by a Vermont Revolutionary War veteran in 1823, of which only one copy is known.

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