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'Twas only an Irishman's dream : the image of Ireland and the Irish in American popular song lyrics, 1800-1920

Author: W H A Williams
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1996.
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The image of the Irish in the United States changed drastically over time, from that of hard-drinking, rioting Paddies to genial, patriotic working-class citizens. In 'Twas Only an Irishman's Dream, William H.A. Williams traces the change in this image through more than seven hundred pieces of sheet music - popular songs from the stage and for the parlor - to show how Americans' opinions of Ireland and the Irish  Read more...
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Williams, W.H.A.
'Twas only an Irishman's dream.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)654483051
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W H A Williams
ISBN: 0252022467 9780252022463 0252065514 9780252065514
OCLC Number: 34151791
Description: xii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Dear harp of my country, the Irish origins --
Romantic Irish popular songs in antebellum America --
From teague to Paddy, the evolution of the stage Irishman --
Ethnicity and parlor songs, Paddy compared --
To the land we left and to the land we live in --
The Irish and Vaudeville --
The Irish American in post-Civil War song --
The theater and songs of Edward Harrigan --
Paddy in the alley --
Irish America in search of an image --
All that I want is in Ireland.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Other Titles: Image of Ireland and the Irish in American popular song lyrics, 1800-1920
Responsibility: William H.A. Williams.

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