Strike Songs of the Depression


The Depression-era politics of strikers' songs that called for solidarity and action
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The Depression-era politics of strikers' songs that called for solidarity and action
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Lynch (history, Coll. of Mount St. Joseph) uses texts composed by striking workers and others sympathetic to their cause as the focal point of this study of music's impact on the historical events surrounding three Depression-era labor strikes. His careful reading of these lyrics for their social, class, and gender contexts clearly illuminates the details of each strike as well as the general feeling of that time. However, the influence of these labor songs would have been more boldly defined with the inclusion of the original melodies and texts. Additionally, an appendix of songs from the "rich stock of mountain ballads and religious hymns familiar among the workers," for example, would have been helpful. Among the melodies named, few are well known today, making the ingenuity of the strikers' texts less readily apparent to the reader. That said, this book is a unique and valuable contribution to the study of labor and protest music in America. Recommended for academic libraries and collections specializing in labor history or protest songs. Teresa M. Neff, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Cambridge Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934110362
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 7/25/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

"Their Sharpest Statement": Introduction 1
Ch. 1 "Mill Mother's Lament": Gastonia, North Carolina, 1929 12
Ch. 2 "Dreadful Memories": Harlan County, Kentucky, 1931-32 49
Ch. 3 "Sit Down! Sit Down!": Flint, Michigan, 1936-37 85
Conclusion: "Better Than a Hundred Speeches" 124
Notes 128
Bibliography 149
Index 165
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