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John Philip Sousa and the National Anthem, Edward S. Delaplaine

1 John Philip Sousa and the National Anthem
Edward S. Delaplaine
(1983), 2001, 5½x8½, paper, index, 182 pp, Heritage Books
This book narrates how John Philip Sousa, the patriot, advocated The Star-Spangled Banner, as the national anthem of the United States - rather than any other song.
Price: 15.00 USD

The Great Machines: Poems and Songs of the American Railroad, Robert Hedin, ed.

2 The Great Machines: Poems and Songs of the American Railroad
Robert Hedin, ed.
270 pp, 1996, paperback, University of Iowa Press
Here, for the first time, is a feast for anyone who has ever been beguiled by the trains that formerly thrummed through the landscapes of our lives. This entertaining and evocative anthology presents the amazing variety of poems and songs written about the American railroad in the last century and a half. Comprised of selections from both oral and written traditions, the volume celebrates the historical and cultural significance of this marvel of engineering skills. Hedin's anthology allows all readers, from the most avid railroad buff to anyone who has fond memories of train travel, to enjoy the romance of trains.

“Like a long freight train rumbling past a rural grade crossing, its cars emblazoned with names and slogans from every region, this wonderful anthology shakes the very ground of American culture, demonstrating the fierce and enduring grasp of the railroad on poets and songwriters.”—John R. Stilgoe

“Hedin's imaginative and thorough work fills a void. This volume should please a range of readers: academics, folklorists, railroad enthusiasts, and everyone interested in the literary and cultural impact of the iron horse and flanged wheel.”—H. Roger Grant

“What a plum pudding this is. What raisins! What plums! All the railroad songs and poems I know are here, plus about three times as many more. A feast for railroad lovers.”—Noel Perrin
Price: 9.96 USD

Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia, William Faricy Condee

3 Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia
William Faricy Condee
224 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, illus., cloth, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
Opera houses were fixtures of Appalachian life from the end of the Civil War through the 1920s. Most towns and cities had at least one opera house during this golden age. Coal mining and railroads brought travelers, money, and change to the region. Many aspects of American life converged in the opera house.
Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia is a critical appreciation of the opera house in the coal-mining region of Appalachia from the mid-1860s to the early 1930s. Author William Faricy Condee demonstrates that these were multipurpose facilities that were central to the life of their communities. In the era before radio, movies, television, and malls, these buildings were essential. They housed little, if any, opera, but were used for almost everything else, including traveling theater, concerts, religious events, lectures, commencements, boxing matches, benefits, union meetings, and-if the auditorium had a flat floor-skating and basketball.
The only book on opera houses that stresses their cultural context, Condee's unique study will interest cultural geographers, scholars of Appalachian studies, and all those who appreciate the gaudy diversity of the American scene.

About Author
William Faricy Condee is a professor of theater and the director of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. He is the author of Theatrical Space: A Guide for Directors and Designers. His articles about theater architecture have appeared in numerous journals in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ohioana Book Award Finalist

“What makes this study of value and also unique is Condee’s approach to the topic. It is a useful analysis of the opera house as a reflector and location of local culture in far more ways than traditional performance. A real attraction is the plentiful illustrations.” —Don B. Wilmeth, editor of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre & Drama and The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre (2nd ed.)
Price: 34.95 USD


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