By Norman Cohen
This state-by-state number of folksongs describes the background, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. in contrast to all different kingdom folksong collections, this one doesn't specialise in songs accumulated within the specific states, yet relatively on songs in regards to the existence and instances of the folk of that nation. the subjects variety from the key old occasions, comparable to the Boston Tea get together, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically vital occasions akin to mess ups and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. the various songs can be well known, akin to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less normal, haven't been reprinted on the grounds that their unique ebook, yet should be studied as a result of what they inform concerning the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is equipped by means of areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by means of states inside of every one quarter. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs offered, with a normal of 10 songs in step with country. for every tune, an entire textual content is reprented, by way of dialogue of the tune in its historic context. References to on hand recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, corresponding to these mentioned the following, are a big instrument for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reviews of the prior at a unique point from that of latest newspaper bills and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are background writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The previous Granite nation, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God strong to Iowa?, Dakota Land, expensive Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.
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32 The singer from whom the above song was recorded said that three or four men in the Chaffee Lumber Camp, Rutland-Chittenden, made up this song. It has also been collected in North Dakota, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. The Pennsylvania source said the song was sung in lumber camps there in the 1850s and 1860s, and in some versions, the date is 1805, rather than 1875. Possibly this version is a recomposition of an older piece. The Woodstock Bridge Disaster (The Hartford Wreck) In our country far or near, each day we read and hear, Of shocking accidents on land and sea; Your attention now I’ll call to the latest of them all, The Central Vermont railroad tragedy.
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. While different overseers had different attitudes toward reading during work, one universal proscription regarded complaints about hours or wages; these were immediate cause for dismissal.
Goldstein collection, Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University. 18 AMERICAN FOLK SONGS No more will I tread the snow To get into the mill; No longer will I work so hard To get one dollar bill. No more I’ll put my bonnet on And hasten to the mill, While other girls are working hard, And I am sitting still. Come all ye pretty factory girls, I’ll have you understand, I’m going to leave the factory And return to my native land. 17 American colonists mostly spun and wove their own textile materials; their few machinemade fabrics were imported from Great Britain.
American Folk Songs 2 volumes : A Regional Encyclopedia by Norman Cohen