Thirty-nine songs with historical context and historic woodcut illustrations which accompanied the shaping of the country as it evolved from thirteen struggling colonies into a nation. Companion volume to Colonial & Revolution Songs collection, two stereo cassettes or two stereo CD's. Total Playing Time: 2 hours.
Colonial America 17th Century: The Puritan psalm-singer, the ill-treated sailor, the proud Pennsylvania-German farmer, the frustrated indentured servant and the angry English convict each expressed through folksong his or her experience in 17th century Colonial America. Traditional ballads from the Old Country and new ones written in America served as entertainment, preserved the superstitions, described the Indians and poked fun at nearly everyone. The narrative dialogue and songs effectively capture the flavor of the period.
Colonial America 18th Century: As immigrants arrived in the 18th century, Irish fiddle tunes, African drums and Scots Highla! nd bagpipes set the patterns for America's music. The songs highlight the cultural heritage of the immigrants and the changes during the period which affected American attitudes and way of life. The songs also tell of the shift from White indentured servant to Black slave, the expansion of New England shipping, and the French defeat at Quebec during the French and Indian War.
The American Revolution: The American Revolution inspired both British and American citizens and soldiers to write songs about their differences. The words of the songs were printed in newspapers, periodicals and broadsheets sold on the streets of Boston, Philadelphia and other major American cities. Includes songs which express stirring pride, angry threats, ridicule and biting satire. They tell of rising political tensions, the Boston Massacre, the tea parties, the weaknesses of the enemy and the virtues of patriotism.
The War of 1812: While the Canadians sing of retribution, the Americans sing of jubilation over the defeat of the British ship Guerriere by Old Ironsides, the preparation of defenses at Philadelphia and the victory at New Orleans (15 days after the peace treaty was signed). These songs effectively illustrate the strong feelings of nationalism during the War of 1812.
By Keith McNeil and Rusty McNeil, paperback, 71 pages, companion CD available here