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Title:
Songs and stories of the Civil War
Author:
Silverman, Jerry, 1931-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Summary:
Provides a history of the music and lyrics of a dozen Civil War songs, describing the circumstances under which they were created and performed.
General Note:
Includes music (piano with optional voice) to a selection of Civil War songs.
Language:
English
Contents:
The battle cry of freedom -- The battle hymn of the republic -- Dixie's land -- Maryland, my Maryland -- Lincoln and liberty -- Weeping sad and lonely -- Tenting on the old camp ground -- When Johnny comes marching home -- Roll, Alabama, roll -- The battle of Shiloh -- Slavery chain done broke at last -- Free at last.
ISBN:
9780761323051
Format :
Book

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Provides a history of the music and lyrics of a dozen Civil War songs, describing the circumstances under which they were created and performed.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. Silverman, who also wrote Songs and Stories of the American Revolution (1994), presents a dozen songs of the Civil War. Each selection is introduced with a chapter detailing its history, commenting on changes and parodies, and relating anecdotes that bring the period into sharper focus. Then the song itself is presented with multiple verses, piano and guitar music, and a list of recommended recordings. Along the way, readers will learn about facets of American life such as the minstrel show ("Dixie's Land") and campaign songs ("Lincoln and Liberty Too"), as well as the importance of the songs to soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict. Black-and-white reproductions of period photos, engravings, paintings, and drawings illustrate the text. A good resource offering an interesting sidelight on the times. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9 A veteran music writer brings together a dozen significant songs from the U.S. Civil War period as the focus of a lively musical history lesson. As in his earlier songbooks covering the westward expansion, the American Revolution, and African-American history, Silverman devotes a short, readable chapter to each of his selections. Among them are tunes from both sides of the conflict ("The Battle Cry of Freedom," "Dixie's Land") and from slave society ("Free at Last"), all set to music, with multiple verses included. The importance of these songs to their original listeners and performers is illustrated through vivid anecdotes of military and civilian life in both the Union and the Confederacy. Lists of recommendations for further listening and reading, crisp black-and-white reproductions of period illustrations and photos, and attractive page layouts add to the appeal of this useful resource. -Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

The battle cry of freedom
The battle hymn of the republic
Dixie's land
Maryland, my Maryland
Lincoln and liberty
Weeping sad and lonely
Tenting on the old camp ground
When Johnny comes marching home
Roll, Alabama, roll
The battle of Shiloh
Slavery chain done broke at last
Free at last