Hear my sad story : the true tales that inspired "Stagolee, " "John Henry, " and other traditional American folk songs
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Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 2015.
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Central - Adult Nonfiction  1 available
782.42162 POLEN

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Book
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ix, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language
English
ISBN
9781501700026, 1501700022

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-283) and index.
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"In Hear My Sad Story, Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and folklorists. Those events, which took place from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, often involved tragic occurrences: murders, sometimes resulting from love affairs gone wrong; desperate acts borne out of poverty and unbearable working conditions; and calamities such as railroad crashes, shipwrecks, and natural disasters. All of Polenberg's accounts of the songs in the book are grounded in historical fact and illuminate the social history of the times. Reading these tales of sorrow, misfortune, and regret puts us in touch with the dark but terribly familiar side of American history."

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APA Citation (style guide)

Polenberg, R. (2015). Hear my sad story: the true tales that inspired "Stagolee, " "John Henry, " and other traditional American folk songs . Cornell University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Polenberg, Richard. 2015. Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee, " "John Henry, " and Other Traditional American Folk Songs. Ithaca ; London: Cornell University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Polenberg, Richard. Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee, " "John Henry, " and Other Traditional American Folk Songs Ithaca ; London: Cornell University Press, 2015.

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Polenberg, Richard. Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee, " "John Henry, " and Other Traditional American Folk Songs Cornell University Press, 2015.

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