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Harnessing Harmony: Music, Power, and Politics in the United States, 1788-1865

Billy Coleman


Following the creation of the United States, profound disagreements remained over how to secure the survival of the republic and unite its diverse population. In this pathbreaking account, Billy Coleman uses the history of American music to illuminate the relationship between elite power and the people from the early national period to the Civil War. Based on deep archival research in sources such as music periodicals, songbooks, and manuals for musical instruction, Coleman argues that a particular ideal of musical power provided conservative elites with an attractive road map for producing th ... More

Keywords: American music, Democracy, Conservative, Elite power, Musical organizations, the star-spangled banner, national, patriotic, political life, campaign songs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469658872
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469658872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Billy Coleman, author
University of Missouri