By Norman Cohen
This state-by-state selection of folksongs describes the heritage, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. in contrast to all different country folksong collections, this one doesn't specialize in songs accrued within the specific states, yet particularly on songs about the lifestyles and occasions of the folks of that country. the subjects variety from the most important historic occasions, similar to the Boston Tea social gathering, the assault on fortress Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to domestically very important occasions equivalent to failures and murders, exertions difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. a number of the songs could be widely known, reminiscent of Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less prevalent, haven't been reprinted in view that their unique e-book, yet should be studied due to what they inform concerning the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is equipped through areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and by way of states inside each one quarter. for every kingdom there are from 4 to 15 songs provided, with an ordinary of 10 songs consistent with kingdom. for every track, a whole textual content is reprented, through dialogue of the music in its ancient context. References to to be had recordings and different types are given. Folksongs, akin to these mentioned right here, are a major instrument for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern reports of the previous at a distinct point from that of up to date newspaper bills and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are historical past writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite country, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to outdated Virginny, i am going again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God strong to Iowa?, Dakota Land, pricey Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.
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A fishing and trading settlement was established in 1623, and in 1629 the name “New Hampshire,” after the English county of Hampshire, was applied to a grant for a region between the Merrimack and Piscataqua rivers. 12 AMERICAN FOLK SONGS From 1641 to 1679 the region was administered by the colonial government of Massachusetts. Following territorial and religious disputes between Massachusetts and Mason’s heirs, New Hampshire became a separate royal province in 1679. Boundary feuds with Massachusetts and New York over that part of the New Hampshire grant that became Vermont continued almost until the American Revolution.
In spite of the original intentions, early mills workers labored under difficult conditions: long hours, noisy factory environment, inadequate ventilation (windows were nailed shut and the rooms periodically sprayed with water to keep the threads from drying out and breaking), cotton fibers and dust in the air, crowding and lack of privacy in the boarding houses, and insufficient time “for manners” at meals, as one operative complained. Nevertheless, there were advantages: they were paid regularly and reliably—and in cash, unlike other mills, which often paid in company scrip, redeemable only at companyowned stores—they put their money in savings, and there were many educational opportunities (such as libraries and lectures) of which the women were eager to take advantage.
After some five years, Buzzell was hanged and his accomplice imprisoned for life. In spite of preserving many factual details, the ballad is rather undistinguished. It is the kind of song that we would expect to be remembered only in the vicinity of the crime by those familiar with the characters involved. The final stanza, containing the obligatory moral, makes little sense: it would make no difference to the deceased Susan whether or not such “reptiles” are shunned. The Suncook Town Tragedy Come all young people, now draw near; Attend awhile and you shall hear, How a young person of renown Was murdered in fair Suncook Town.
American Folk Songs 2 volumes : A Regional Encyclopedia by Norman Cohen