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  • Article
    Songs of Politics and Political Campaigns Even without a labor party, the goal of promoting candidates that would favor the interests of working Americans continued to be a goal of labor unions in many elections through the present day. In Franklin D. Roosevelt's first campaign for president, he pledged to work to improve labor conditions. His campaign was supported by union dollars, and he established a working relationship with John ...
  • Audio Recording
    This is what the union done sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the George Korson Bituminous Songs Collection. AFC 1963/004: AFS 12010-12012 (Source). Recorded in Trafford, Alabama. (Venue). Published on the Library of Congress LP L60 "Songs and Ballads of the Bituminous Miners," 1965. (Bibliographic History). Recorded in 1940. (Date). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Jones, George - Korson, George Gershon
    • Date: 1965
  • Article
    Songs of Unionization, Labor Strikes, and Child Labor This article is about songs of unionization, labor strikes, and child labor. Songs of children who had to work instead of going to school tell a particularly poignant story about migrant labor. A song beginning "Yo cuando era niño -- mi padre querido," sung by Jose Suarez, was composed by the singer about his childhood picking cotton with his father in Texas. "The Cotton ...
  • Film, Video
    This is what the union done [illustrated] motion picture | 1 video ; 5 min. | Audio track from AFS 12010 (General). Photographs from the LOC online collection (General). Franklin Delano Roosevelt, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b36629) -- John L. Lewis at United Mine Workers Convention (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hec.29288) -- United Mine-Workers of America (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.01953) -- Coal miner, his wife and two of their children (note child's legs). Bertha Hill, West Virginia (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8a39375) ...
    • Contributor: Jones, George - Korson, George
  • Article
    Songs of Social Change Select the links from the left menu for short articles on different periods of social change and social causes from United States history illustrated with examples of songs.
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    Mexican American Song The most well known son jarocho is "La Bamba," which the Mexican American pop singer Ritchie Valens (1941-1959) popularized. Son Jarocho has become part of the fabric of the work of an array of contemporary Mexican American pop and rock singers including Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, Los Lobos and Lila Downs.
  • Notated Music
    Ich will mehr kein skab nit sein sheet music | 4 p. ; 35 cm. | "I do not want to be as scab (strike-breaker) any more." A labor union strikers' song. Source: Heskes, Irene, Yiddish American Popular Songs, 1895-1950. (General). Sheet Music (Form).
    • Contributor: A. Teres - Perlmutter, Arnold - Wohl, Herman - Licht, S. - Shor, A. (Anshel) - Teres, A.
  • Audio Recording
    We done quit sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the George Korson Bituminous Songs Collection. AFC 1963/004: AFS 12010-12012 (Source). Published on the Library of Congress LP L60 "Songs and Ballads of the Bituminous Miners," 1965. (Bibliographic History). Recorded at Scott's Run, West Virginia. (Venue). Recorded in 1940. (Date). This song was sung by Scott's Run, West Virginia coal miners during the 1930 ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Johnson, Sam - Korson, George Gershon
    • Date: 1965
  • Audio Recording
    Harlan County blues sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the George Korson Bituminous Songs Collection. AFC 1963/004: AFS 12010-12012 (Source). Recorded in Harlan, Kentucky. (Venue). Recorded in 1940. (Date). Published on the Library of Congress LP L60 "Songs and Ballads of the Bituminous Miners," 1965. Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Korson, George Gershon - Davis, George
    • Date: 1965
  • Audio Recording
    Sprinkle coal dust on my grave sound recording | 1 sound recording | Forms part of the George Korson Bituminous Songs Collection. AFC 1963/004: AFS 12010-12012 (Source). Recorded in Welch, West Virginia. (Venue). Recorded in 1940. (Date). Published on the Library of Congress LP L60 "Songs and Ballads of the Bituminous Miners," 1965. (Bibliographic History). Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Korson, George Gershon - Jenks, Orville J.
    • Date: 1965
  • Article
    Printable Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections 1900 Songs of America Amy Marcy Cheney Beach sets to music Three Browning Songs, including
  • Article
    Songs of Social Change - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections Americans from the colonial period to the present day have often practiced their right to freedom of speech through song. American songs have called attention to social causes, both criticized and advocated governmental social policies, and provided a means of personal complaint on social issues. Songs are easily carried, demand attention, convey emotion, and can be performed in many contexts, with or without instrumentation, ...
  • Article
    Songs of Immigration and Migration - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections As Europeans colonized North America, beginning with the Spanish and French in the 1500s and the British and Dutch in the early 1600s, colonists brought their cultural entertainments along with them. Songs brought to colonial America continued to be sung in their early forms, so that later scholars of songs and ballads, such as the British ethnomusicologist Cecil Sharp and American ballad scholar Francis ...
  • Article
    Songs of Work and Industry - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections During the 400 years of the settlement, territorial expansion, migration, industrialization and urbanization of what would come to be known as the United States, the nature of making a living and the technological and economic factors on which it rested changed profoundly. In colonial North America the economy was overwhelmingly agricultural with farmers producing much of what they needed for themselves and their communities. ...
  • Article
    Songs of Politics and Political Campaigns - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections Elections provide opportunities for advocates of policies for social change and those favoring social stability to advocate their particular cause. Campaign songs and songs of political parties can help to spread particular points of view and build solidarity around candidates and platforms. Playlist for Politics and Political Campaigns Five recordings from Library of Congress collections explore patriotism and other political issues. National airs of ...
  • Film, Video
    The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music
    American Folklife Center lecture, 2013-02-20
    Tom Piazza discussed his new book, "The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music."
    • Contributor: Piazza, Tom - Library of Congress. Center for the Book - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2013-02-20
  • Article
    Printable Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections 1850 Songs of America Stephen Foster composes 'The Voice of Bygone Days', 'Molly, Do You Love Me?', and 'Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!' 'Go Down Moses,' a spiritual sung by the Tuskegee Institute Singers, 1914. Harriet Tubman reported using this song to identify herself to slaves that might want to escape and flee north with her by singing it in a neighboring ...
  • Article
    Folk Singers, Social Reform, and the Red Scare At the Library of Congress in 2007, Pete Seeger performed examples of sing alongs with audience members, folk songs and activist songs. He presented a new peace song, "Don't Say it Can't be Done," inspired by the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentegon, and harking back to the Mongomery, Alabama Civil Rights bus boycott of 1955.
  • Article
    Traditional Ballads - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections Introduction Traditional ballads are narrative folksongs - simply put, they are folksongs that tell stories. They tell all kinds of stories, including histories, legends, fairy tales, animal fables, jokes, and tales of outlaws and star-crossed lovers. (
  • Book/Printed Material
    The art of dancing, historically illustrated To which is added a few hints on etiquette; also, the figures, music, and necessary instruction for the performance of the most modern and approved dances, ...
    Art of dancing
    Book. print | xii, 13-181, 103 p. illus. 19 cm. | By Edward Ferrero. (Statement Of Responsibility). Music: 103 pages. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). Ferrero Esmeralda.
    • Contributor: The Author - Ferrero, Edward
    • Date: 1859
  • Book/Printed Material
    A complete practical guide to the art of dancing Containing descriptions of all fashionable and approved dances, full directions for calling the figures, the amount of music required; hints on etiquette, the ...
    Hillgrove's complete guide to the art of dancing
    Book. print | 237 p. incl. front., illus. 17 cm. | By Thomas Hillgrove ... (Statement Of Responsibility). Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). Bound in boards, cloth back 50 cts.
    • Contributor: Dick & Fitzgerald - Hillgrove, Thomas
    • Date: 1863
  • Book/Printed Material
    The art of dancing embracing a full description of the various dances of the present day, together with chapters on etiquette, the benefits and history of dancing Bibliography. Book. print | 181 p. incl. plates. front. (port.) 20 cm. | By Judson Sause ... (Statement Of Responsibility). Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). “Mrs. Perry's songs are often songs in undertone, but the music is rich and deep and true. The ...
    • Contributor: Belford, Clarke & Co. - Sause, Judson
    • Date: 1889

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  • Book/Printed Material
    The modern dance a historical and analytical treatment of the subject; religious, social, hygienic, industrial aspects as viewed by the pulpit, the press, medical authorities, municipal authorities, social workers, etc
    Light on the dance
    Book. print | 4 p.l., 7-60 p. illus., (incl. ports.) 23 cm. | by M. F. Ham ... illustrations by Will N. Noonan. (Statement Of Responsibility). "Authorities quoted": p. 60. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). The Ham-Ramsay Song Book is the Prettiest and ...
    • Contributor: San Antonio Printing Co. - Ham, M. F. (Mordecai Fowler) - Ham, M. F.
    • Date: 1916