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Hail Columbia!: American Music and Politics in the Early Nation

Laura Lohman


This book examines music as political expression in the early American republic from the post-revolutionary era through the aftermath of the War of 1812. Americans used music as a discursive tool during every major political development. The nation’s leaders faced challenges ranging from threats to the structure of the government to impressment, all amid the nearly constant threat of embroilment in European war and insecurity about the republic’s viability. Americans responded by using music to protest, stifle protest, propagandize, and vie for political dominance. Through music they persuaded ... More

Keywords: song, politics, propaganda, myth, protest, first party system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190930615
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190930615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Lohman, author
Associate Professor of Music, California State University, Fullerton