Something More Than a Song
The introduction provides an overview of the song’s contemporary meanings and discusses its predecessors in the traditions of the Victorian home song, Tin Pan Alley, and unofficial anthems. After giving a chapter overview, it summarizes themes of memory and nostalgia that are found throughout the book. It lays out the book’s methodology, rooted in historical ethnomusicology, which uses a combination of ethnographic and archival research and draws on references to the song and phrase “God Bless America” in the New York Times.
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