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God Bless AmericaThe Surprising History of an Iconic Song$
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Sheryl Kaskowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199919772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919772.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Something More Than a Song

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
God Bless America
Author(s):

Sheryl Kaskowitz

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919772.003.0000

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.

Keywords:   God Bless America, home song, Tin Pan Alley, anthem, methodology, historical ethnomusicology, New York Times

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