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God bless America : the surprising history of an iconic song

Author: Sheryl Kaskowitz
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

The song 'God Bless America' has come to inhabit our collective consciousness. This book tells the fascinating story behind the song, from its composition in 1918 by Irving Berlin, to its first  Read more...


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Named Person: Irving Berlin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sheryl Kaskowitz
ISBN: 9780199919772 0199919771
OCLC Number: 876294781
Description: xiii, 210 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction ; As We Raise Our Voices: "God Bless America" and Communal Singing in American Public Life ; Chapter 1 ; My Home Sweet Home: Commemoration, Coercion, and Commerce after 9/11 ; Chapter 2 ; As the Storm Clouds Gather: Origins and Contestation, 1918-1941 ; Chapter 3 ; Grateful that We're Far from There: Irving Berlin, Kate Smith, and the Evolution of an Interventionist Anthem ; Chapter 4 ; As We Raise Our Voices: Public Embrace, Critique, and Backlash, 1939-1941 ; Chapter 5 ; Through the Night (to the Right): The Making of a Conservative Anthem, 1938-2008 ; Chapter 6 ; My Home Sweet Home (Plate): Baseball and "God Bless America," 2001-2009 ; Epilogue ; Which America? Whose Home Sweet Home?: Continuities and New Meanings in the Age of Obama ; Appendix: Parody Lyrics and Translations ; Archival Resources ; Discography ; Bibliography ; Credits
Responsibility: Sheryl Kaskowitz


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Probing and insightful... illuminating and thoughtful... An engaging portrait of how the song infiltrated patriotism, business and sports. * The Washington Post *

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