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Author McWhirter, Christian.
Title Battle hymns : the power and popularity of music in the Civil War / Christian McWhirter.
Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2012]

Series Civil War America
Civil War America (Series)
Subject Patriotic music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Music -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Music and the war.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 321 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part of everyone's meat and drink : popular music and the Civil War -- John Browns and battle cries : the patriotic songs of the union -- Gay deceibers and bonnie blue flags : the anthems of the Confederacy -- Words were as weapons : music on the home front -- A wonderful and inspiring influence : music in the armies -- The choked voice of a race, at last unloosed : African Americans and Civil War music -- Fresh strains for fresh developments : the end of the war and its music -- Veterans, memorialists, and the King : the revival and legacy of Civil War music.
Summary Music was everywhere during the Civil War. Tunes could be heard ringing out from parlour pianos, thundering at political rallies, and setting the rhythms of military and domestic life. With literacy still limited, music was an important vehicle for communicating ideas about the war, and it had a lasting impact in the decades that followed. Drawing on an array of published and archival sources, this book analyses the myriad ways music influenced popular culture in the years surrounding the war, and discusses its deep resonance for both whites and blacks, South and North.
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Local Note JOHN CARROLL: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
ISBN 0807882623 (electronic bk.)
9780807882627 (electronic bk.)
9781469601861 (electronic bk.)
1469601869 (electronic bk.)
9780807835500 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0807835501 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 780371018
Additional Format Print version: McWhirter, Christian. Battle hymns. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2012 9780807835500 (DLC) 2011036320 (OCoLC)748812934