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Hail Columbia!American Music and Politics in the Early Nation$
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Laura Lohman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190930615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190930615.001.0001

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The Legacy of Early American Political Song

(p.275) Conclusion
Hail Columbia!

Laura Lohman

Oxford University Press

This conclusion traces how early American political music was used throughout the nineteenth century. While political music in the early nation was often ephemeral, some of it proved surprisingly durable. Not only were songs from the early national period still performed, printed, and compiled in the following decades, but their melodies were used to carry new lyrics responding to later political developments. At times, early American political music was adapted and repurposed for sectional and election purposes. Focusing on the example of Joseph Hopkinson’s “Hail Columbia,” this conclusion highlights how political music created in the early American republic was circulated in song collections, performed on varied occasions, and used to create new music through the end of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   “Hail Columbia”, national anthem, political song, unofficial national anthem, American nationalism, early national period songs

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