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Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War

Christian McWhirter


Music was everywhere during the Civil War. Tunes could be heard ringing out from parlor pianos, thundering at political rallies, and setting the rhythms of military and domestic life. With literacy still limited, music was an important vehicle for communicating ideas about the war, and it had a lasting impact in the decades that followed. Drawing on an array of published and archival sources, this book analyzes the myriad ways music influenced popular culture in the years surrounding the war, and discusses its deep resonance for both whites and blacks, South and North. Though published songs o ... More

Keywords: Civil War, political rallies, domestic life, popular culture, American life, music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835500
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807882627_mcwhirter


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian McWhirter, author