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Battle HymnsThe Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War$
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Christian McWhirter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835500

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882627_mcwhirter

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Part of Everyone's Meat and Drink

Part of Everyone's Meat and Drink

Popular Music and the Civil War

(p.7) Chapter 1 Part of Everyone's Meat and Drink
Battle Hymns

Christian McWhirter

University of North Carolina Press

Music was used as a cultural tool in the antebellum period, but the arrival of the Civil War gave it a more prominent role. The onset of the Civil War provided the necessary spark for the country's first music boom. Because of the heightened emotional climate of the war, the nation began to write, produce, distribute, and perform music. This chapter discusses the popularity of Civil War songs, the rise of several music genres, and the ways in which music moved listeners intellectually, emotionally, and physically during that period.

Keywords:   music, antebellum, Civil War, songs, genres

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