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 specialise in songs accumulated within the specific states, yet fairly on songs in regards to the lifestyles and occasions of the folks of that kingdom. the themes variety from the foremost historic occasions, resembling the Boston Tea occasion, the assault on castle Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally vital occasions akin to failures and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. many of the songs should be widely known, corresponding to Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less time-honored, haven't been reprinted on account that their unique e-book, yet need to be studied as a result of 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 via areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by way of states inside of every one area. for every kingdom there are from 4 to 15 songs awarded, with a normal of 10 songs consistent with nation. for every music, a whole textual content is reprented, via dialogue of the tune in its historic context. References to on hand recordings and different types are given. Folksongs, equivalent to these mentioned the following, are a tremendous instrument for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern stories of the prior at a distinct point from that of up to date newspaper bills and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are heritage writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite country, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i am going again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God stable to Iowa?, Dakota Land, expensive Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.
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Ye ride a goodly steed; ye may know another master. Ye forward come with speed, but ye’ll learn to back much faster, When ye meet our mountain boys and their leader, Johnny Stark, Lads who make but little noise, lads who always hit the mark! Chorus. Had ye no graves at home across the briny water, That hither ye must come like bullocks to the slaughter? If we the work must do, why, the sooner ’tis begun, If flint and trigger hold but true, the quicker ’twill be done. 28 The battle of Bennington took place on August 16, 1777, several miles west of Bennington, Vermont (actually in the state of New York).
At intervals came, ’mid the hollow wind’s sigh, The hoot of the owl, and the catamount’s cry; The howl of the wolf from its lone granite cell, And the crash of the dead (2) forest tree as it fell. Amanda, the pride of her village and home, Far, far up the Merrimac waters had come; In war, led a captive, unfriended, forlorn, Her feet bathed in blood, and her garments all torn. At the foot of a hemlock the wild game was flung; Above, from its branches, the rude armor hung; From battle and plunder the warriors reposed— The toils of the day, which the evening had closed.
Also, owners anticipated that in case of serious illness, their workers would return to their New England homes and not become a burden on the corporation. Thanks to this vision, textiles soon became a major industry of the region. Whatever the corporations’ motives, the result was that in the early years, the women workers were young, bright, literate, and from sturdy New England stock, living under conditions that, if not the most conducive to good health, were certainly morally flawless. In stark contrast, female factory workers in England were poor and uneducated, often harassed by unscrupulous and immoral men.