Diane Holloway, Ph.D., a retired Dallas psychologist, wrote Before You Say I Quit, The Mind of Oswald, and Dallas and the Jack Ruby Trial. Bob Cheney taught history in Dallas schools and colleges for 38 years and wrote Interrupted Lives: Hoods Texas Brigade.
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The results of an easy victory in the Spanish American War left Americans with a feeling that they were justified in taking over new lands to Christianize them, according to speeches delivered by President McKinley. Lire la première page
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Fascinating review of America's social history through her song lyrics26 août 2009
James J. Bloom
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I would have given this five stars but for a few nitpicking instances where the lyrics differed slightly from the sheet music in my collection of rare American songs circa 1890s-1920, but ---this is, as I said nitpicking. It might be that the authors were taking the lyrics as they heard them rather than as they appeared in print. I only found three cases anyhow and the sense of the song was not altered.
I was pleased to find a wide range of topics, not just the usual lovelorn man/woman singing the virtues of his mate, or pining away from unrequited love. One small criticism. One of my favorites, Down in Jungle Town (1908) is characterized as a monkey song that is racist in that it analogizes African-Americans with the wild simians.
I didn't get this impression at all. To me it was one of the many "monkey craze" songs of the period around 1907-1920, in which the songwriters thought it would be "cute" to endow the critters with human pretensions. Not that there weren't plenty of racist songs during that period---many of which the authors amply illustrate.
I especially enjoyed the Jewish-themed song selection in which Jewish songwriters poked fun at their own roots. No doubt many of these songs were enjoyed by some anti-Semites as confirming their stereotypes.
All in all this collection, conveniently arranged on a year-by-year basis, is great casual browsing and provides food for thought--- or song.
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Sheet music and history2 août 2009
Lee R. Schreiner
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An excellent use of music lyrics to explicate the history of 1900 to 1945. Sheet music collectors may be disappointed that many sheets she uses are rare and obscure but overall a well done survey