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Product Description: The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster offers an engaging reassessment of the life, politics, and legacy of the misunderstood father of American music. Once revered the world over, Foster’s plantation songs, like “Old Folks at Home” and “My Old Kentucky Home,” fell from grace in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement due to their controversial lyrics...read more

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9781442253865 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, October 16, 2016, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster offers an engaging reassessment of the life, politics, and legacy of the misunderstood father of American music.

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Product Description: A landmark study, based on thousands of music-related references mined by the authors from a variety of contemporaneous sources, especially African American community newspapers, Out of Sight examines musical personalities, issues, and events in context...read more

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9781578064991 | Univ Pr of Mississippi, February 1, 2003, cover price $75.00 | About this edition: A landmark study, based on thousands of music-related references mined by the authors from a variety of contemporaneous sources, especially African American community newspapers, Out of Sight examines musical personalities, issues, and events in context.

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9781604732443 | Univ Pr of Mississippi, March 1, 2009, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: A landmark study, based on thousands of music-related references mined by the authors from a variety of contemporaneous sources, especially African American community newspapers, Out of Sight examines musical personalities, issues, and events in context.

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Product Description: In this unique and readable study, Jon Finson views the mores and values of nineteenth-century Americans as they appear in their popular songs. The author sets forth lyricists' and composers' notions of courtship, technology, death, African Americans, Native Americans, and European ethnicity by grouping songs topically...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780195057508 | Oxford Univ Pr, June 9, 1994, cover price $48.00 | About this edition: In this unique and readable study, Jon Finson views the mores and values of nineteenth-century Americans as they appear in their popular songs.

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9780195113822 | Reprint edition (Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, July 3, 1997), cover price $83.00 | About this edition: In this unique and readable study, Jon Finson views the mores and values of nineteenth-century Americans as they appear in their popular songs.

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Product Description: Book includes Musical scores, index, selective bibliography of songs from 1866 to 1910, from just after the American Civil War to just before the First World War.

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9780028725413 | Gale / Cengage Learning, May 1, 1990, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: Book includes Musical scores, index, selective bibliography of songs from 1866 to 1910, from just after the American Civil War to just before the First World War.

Popular parlor songs were the main form of secular musical entertainment in the early years of the United States. They were heard regularly in the homes of our principal statesmen, authors, intellectuals, professionals, and businessmen. Laborers and slaves also sang them. They were the principal fare of concert and stage performances, and were freely interpolated into Italian operas, Shakespearean plays, lyceum lectures, and church services. In short, parlor songs played a dominant role in American cultural history.    This was the music that Jefferson, Lincoln, Longfellow, Whitman, and Emily Dickinson enjoyed. Yet, whether owing to prejudice or misinformation, we still know little about the songs they listened to and sang: why and for whom written; when heard; or how performed.    This book attempts to contribute that knowledge. Contemporary diaries, biographies, fiction, newspapers, periodicals, and books on music were studied and the music itself exhaustively analyzed in order to reach accurate conclusions about the popular culture that emerged between the American Revolution and the Civil War.    The reader comes away with a sympathetic understanding of the human hopes, fears, and joys embodied in the songs, and with a curiosity about the countless melodic gems awaiting exploration.

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9780879721305 | Popular Pr of Bowling Green State, August 1, 1980, cover price $17.95

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9780879721572 | Popular Pr of Bowling Green State, August 1, 1980, cover price $10.95 | About this edition: Popular parlor songs were the main form of secular musical entertainment in the early years of the United States.

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