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Songs and Ballads of the Southern People 1861-1865   By: (1823-1904)

Songs and Ballads of the Southern People 1861-1865 by Frank Moore

In Songs and Ballads of the Southern People 1861-1865, Frank Moore presents readers with a poignant and insightful collection of songs reflecting the experiences and sentiments of the Southern people during the tumultuous period of the American Civil War. As a historical anthology, this work not only sheds light on the cultural and emotional landscape of the time but also provides a unique lens through which to understand the impact of war on a deeply divided region.

The book is meticulously compiled, meticulously researched, and exudes an atmosphere of authenticity. Moore has managed to capture the essence of the Southern experience during this turbulent period by including a diverse array of songs that cover various aspects of life in the South before, during, and after the war. From poignant ballads conveying the deep sense of loss and hardship faced by soldiers and their families, to bold anthems representing the rebellion and resilience of the Southern people, the collection offers readers a comprehensive view of the emotional rollercoaster experienced by those caught in the midst of conflict.

Moore's attention to detail and his thorough annotations enhance the reading experience, providing valuable context for each song. Through his insightful commentary, readers gain a deeper understanding of the historical, political, and cultural context in which these songs were created and performed. This not only highlights the power of music as a means of expression and healing but also adds depth and dimension to the overall narrative.

One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to capture the complexity and contradictions inherent in the Southern experience. While many of the songs express fervent loyalty to the Confederate cause, others reveal the doubts, internal conflicts, and even empathy that individuals within the Southern population felt towards the Union. This nuanced portrayal challenges simplistic narratives of the war and encourages readers to recognize the humanity and diversity of thought present even in the midst of deep divisions.

Songs and Ballads of the Southern People 1861-1865 offers a valuable resource for historians, music enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Civil War era. Moore's meticulous curation and insightful annotations provide an engaging journey into the hearts and minds of those living through this challenging period in American history. By unearthing and preserving these musical treasures, Moore ensures that the voices and emotions of the Southern people will not be forgotten, adding new dimensions to our understanding of the complexities of war and its long-lasting impact on a society divided.

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1861 1865.





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This collection has been made with the view of preserving in permanent form the opinions and sentiments of the Southern people, as embodied in their Songs and Ballads of 1861 1865; which, better than any other medium, exhibit the temper of the times and popular feeling. The historical value of the productions is admitted. Age will not impair it.

The editor has endeavored to give the best of the inspirations. A desire to announce the authorship of the pieces has been gratified in most instances. Where requests have been made not to give names and places and circumstances, by whom, and where they have been written, they have been regarded, the spirit, meaning and intent not being affected, nor in the least abated by such a course. To those who have assisted in collecting, the editor returns his thanks. After this volume reaches those who are interested, should any of them desire to correct mistakes that may have crept into it, he will be glad to make the changes required.

Should any one, into whose hands the volume may fall, know of copies of songs or ballads, or of letters and incidents upon which such are founded songs and ballads, letters or incidents not already collected in book form the editor will be glad to be advised, that means may be taken for their permanent preservation, which he is using every endeavor to secure... Continue reading book >>

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