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Battle Hymns
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In “Liberty’s Great Auxiliary,” Christian McWhirter explores the role of music in Civil War America. McWhirter explains that although music was a significant part of American culture in the antebellum period, the explosion of amateur and professional music during the Civil War was unparalleled, and its popularization during the war had a lasting impact throughout the decades that followed. Drawing on an extensive array of published and archival resources, McWhirter examines how music influenced the popular culture surrounding and supporting the war and makes broad statements about the place Civil War music in American society, north and south (and with attention to the music of African Americans). Finally, McWhirter goes on to examine a resurgence of popularity of Civil War songs during the late nineteenth century and discusses the implications of their continued resonance in the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Part of Everyone’s Meat and Drink: Popular Music and the Civil War
  2. pp. 7-31
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  1. 2. John Browns and Battle Cries: The Patriotic Songs of the Union
  2. pp. 32-58
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  1. 3. Gay Deceibers and Bonnie Blue Flags: The Anthems of the Confederacy
  2. pp. 59-82
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  1. 4. Words Were as Weapons: Music on the Home Front
  2. pp. 83-110
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  1. 5. A Wonderful and Inspiring Influence: Music in the Armies
  2. pp. 111-136
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  1. 6. The Choked Voice of a Race, at Last Unloosed: African Americans and Civil War Music
  2. pp. 137-163
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  1. 7. Fresh Strains for Fresh Developments: The End of the War and Its Music
  2. pp. 164-185
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  1. 8. Veterans, Memorialists, and the King: The Revival and Legacy of Civil War Music
  2. pp. 183-211
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  1. Conclusion: The Singing Element
  2. pp. 212-214
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-258
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 259-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-321
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