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This course requires a 10 minute oral presentation on the usage in a particular country, particular time in history, or particular campaign, focusing on kusic as propaganda for political purposes. Plan to articular whether the usage was moral and what he or she advocates as an alternative moral usage.
A research paper of 7-8 pages (recommended, although of no maximum length) is assigned. The "suggested topic" is the political songs of, or leading up to, the Civil War OR World War I using a minimum of 6 scholarly sources. Resources are available in the library and online where you may use digital repositories of songs now available online. With permission of the instructor, you may elect to choose a specific work and composer and focus on the political aspects.
The PHC on campus collection includes quite a few resources that can be accessed through the online catalog. You may choose a key word search or title search. The following books are required or recommended for this course:
The twisted muse : musicians and their music in the Third Reich, Michael Kater (on reserve)
Shostakovich : a life remembered, Elizabeth Wilson (on reserve)
Music in the Western World, Pero Wiess and Richard Taruskin, eds. (on reserve)
Sources for your presentation or paper? Recommended print and online sources for your presentation or paper can be accessed through keyword searches in the catalog. To help you along, you may want to check out the following books:
Music of the Civil War era, Steven Cornelius
Battle hymns : the power and popularity of music in the Civil War, Christian McWhirter
Music in the Civil War, Stephen Currie
Bugle resounding : music and musicians of the Civil War era, National Conference on Music of the Civil War Era
Lincoln and the music of the Civil War, Kenneth A Bernard
All the years of American popular music, David Ewan
Singing, soldiering, and sheet music in America during the First World War, Christina Bindslev Gier
Created : Tanner/Thornhill, 2022.