Hear My Sad Story

Hear My Sad Story

The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs

eBook - 2015
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"In Hear My Sad Story, Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and folklorists. Those events, which took place from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, often involved tragic occurrences: murders, sometimes resulting from love affairs gone wrong; desperate acts borne out of poverty and unbearable working conditions; and calamities such as railroad crashes, shipwrecks, and natural disasters. All of Polenberg's accounts of the songs in the book are grounded in historical fact and illuminate the social history of the times. Reading these tales of sorrow, misfortune, and regret puts us in touch with the dark but terribly familiar side of American history."
Publisher: Ithaca ;, London :, Cornell University Press,, 2015
Copyright Date: Ă2015
ISBN: 9781501701498
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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