[This blog post comes from a press release from the North Carolina Museum of History.]
The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War
Music was everywhere during the Civil War. It served as a powerful and meaningful influence during the nation’s crisis. Tunes rang out from parlor pianos, roused crowds at political rallies, and set the rhythms of domestic and military life. Music became an important vehicle for communicating ideas about the war, and its lasting impression endured for decades.
Christian L. McWhirter from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., is the first person to explore what Americans actually said and did with the published songs of the time. He will share his findings during The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Admission is free.
McWhirter will discuss the many ways music influenced popular culture in the years surrounding the war, and he will highlight music’s deep meaning for both whites and blacks, South and North.
By gauging the popularity of the most prominent songs and examining how Americans used them, McWhirter points out music’s central role in American life during the war.
McWhirter is the assistant editor for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.
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