Strike Songs of the Depression

Strike Songs of the Depression

by Timothy P. Lynch

View All Available Formats & Editions

The Depression-era politics of strikers' songs that called for solidarity and action


The Depression-era politics of strikers' songs that called for solidarity and action

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

Meet the Author

Timothy P. Lynch is an associate professor of history at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been published in the Michigan Historical Review and the Encyclopedia of American Social History.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >