When Colleges Sang
The Story of Singing in American College Life
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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List of Illustrations
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In 1956, Frederick Rudolph wrote in his preface to Mark Hopkins and the Log, Wil-liams College, 1836–1872, “The United states is a nation of small colleges. no-where else in the world is the countryside so generously sprinkled with liberal arts institutions of a thousand students, a few hundred more or less. These little colleges in the country—or what was once the country—are important enough ...
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...student life in the twenty- first century enjoys much from which to choose when it comes to extracurricular activities. From numerous student groups and so-cial activities to the increasingly diverse backgrounds and experiences of stu-dents themselves, undergraduates of today have a full academic and cultural world—institutionally constructed, student constructed, and with variations ...
1. College Singing amid the Puritan Culture, 1636–1700
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There was singing in ameri can colleges. and despite the powerful cultural stereotypes of the Puritan founders as humorless, pleasure- hating religious zeal-ots who opposed all forms of human enjoyment, Puritans sang. seventeenth- century harvard College existed in and was part of a sea of Puritan culture during most of that century, and thus much can be inferred about the nature ...
2. Sacred and Secular College Singing, 1700–1800
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Many factors contributed to the growth of singing during the early years of the ameri can colonies, and colleges incorporated a number of these elements as part of collegiate rituals. singing in college kept pace with the larger singing trends in colonial america during the eighteenth century, reaping the benefits of singing from both religious and secular contexts and variations in between. ...
3. Singing in Student Organizations, 1800–1850
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...ameri can mu si cal directions began shifting prior to the beginning of the nine-teenth century. ameri can colleges played a key role in this shift through the performance and imitation of artistic music as well as the casual or popu lar music of the day that grew from pub lic interests and the influence of new immi-grants. While the singing schools largely promoted secular diversion, the con-...
4. The First College Songbooks, 1850–1890
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College song publishing in the mid- nineteenth century emerged in concert with broader changes in ameri can society. Between the 1820s and 1850s, techno-logical innovations in the publishing industry allowed for significant strides in papermaking and printing. Publishers and composers produced sheet music in greater numbers with captivating titles like The Students Polka (1851) of Burling-...
5. College Singing at the Turn of the Century, 1890–1910
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...a small number of students attended college at the end of the nineteenth cen-tury, yet college life captivated the attention of the general public. as the noted higher education historian John R. Thelin observed, editors and jour-nalists in the 1890s paid greater attention to the unique character of college campuses. The college campus became a regular feature in national periodi-...
6. Warring, Roaring, and Scoring, 1910–1930
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...at Brown University in 1913 the entire faculty and student body met Brown President William h. P. Faunce as he stepped off the train returning from a recent trip to the orient. “The students paraded with a band, through the streets and up the hill to the college,” the Christian Science Monitor reported, “singing and cheering.”1 While President Faunce was fortunate to enjoy such ...
7. Sounds of College Life, 1930–1950
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...grantland Rice, an early twentieth- century ameri can sportswriter affection-ately known as the “Dean of ameri can sports Writers,” was nationally syndi-cated during the 1930s. Known for his flowing prose, Rice began one of his col-lege football columns with the heading “any old College song”:While Rice humorously captured the monotony that characterized some col-...
8. Singing Traditions, 1950–Present
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During the sec ond half of the twentieth century, popu lar songs in the United states diversified into a broad array of styles and choices. From folk, pop, jazz, country music, rockabilly, gospel, rhythm and blues in the 1950s and 1960s, to the addition of rock and roll, punk, disco, electronic, and hip- hop in the fol-lowing decades, popu lar music expanded to encompass many styles and per-...
Epilogue: A Rich Early History of College Singing
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While singing always existed on ameri can college campuses and reflected the singing habits of ameri can society, students made singing a unique component of undergraduate life. From the influence of psalm singing, as evidenced by samuel sewall, to the confirmation of secular ballads in students’ common-place books, students sang from the beginning of ameri can higher education. ...
Note on Sources
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While no other scholarly books devote broad attention to ameri can college singing, there are many sources that shed light on vari ous elements of the sub-ject. samuel eliot Morison’s Harvard College in the Seventeenth Century (1936) and The Intellectual Life of Colonial New England (1980, reprint of 1956 edition) de-scribe the founding of harvard and student customs in the latter half of the sev-...
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Index of Songs
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Page Count: 352
Illustrations: 45 illustrations
Publication Year: 2013
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth