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Lyrical Legacy: 400 Years of American Song and Poetry

examines 18 historical American songs and poems. Organized by time periods and considered from historical perspectives, songs and poems include Bonny Barbara Allan, Yankee Doodle, John Brown's Body/The Battle Hymn of the Republic, You're a Grand Old Flag, We Shall Overcome, and others. Sound recordings and original documents are provided. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

Singing a song in Revolutionary America was not necessarily an innocent act. Songs were an instrument of satire and mockery. People used them to make fun of public figures, to pass ugly rumors, or to playfully insult their enemies.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892), 'O Captain! My Captain!' Proof sheet with corrections in ink, 1888. Manuscript Division.  Walt Whitman (1819-1892) wrote this dirge for the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865

O Captain! My Captain!

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