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By Timothy E. Scheurer

This can be the 1st examine to discover totally the parable of the USA as mirrored within the nation's well known song. starting with the songs of the Pilgrims and carrying on with via greater than centuries of heritage and track, Born within the U.S.A. exhibits the rising American fantasy and offers an in depth examining of the compositions of songwriters as various as William Billings, Henry Clay paintings, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.So that the complete and various narrative of this complicated state will be recorded, this insightful research is targeted either upon the nationwide fable and upon the songwriters and performers representing subcultures and replacement viewpoints which are the textual content of America's tale. via hymnlike paeans and during discordant lamentations protesting the realities of the modern workaday international, renowned tune is an miraculous reflect of yankee historical past.

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Higginson wrote. " This episode demonstrates how important these songs are in defining what we believe America is. They are, to be sure, the hymns of the dominant culture, but to know them and to be able to sing them is part of being an American. We define our national character in our choice of songs about ourselves. When those African-Americans, only hours into their new freedom, sang "Sweet land of liberty," they declared their faith in the ideals of the country and their hope that they would be able to share in its promise.

Myths have played and continue to play vital roles in all cultures everywhere. Too often myths have been understood to be mere stories designed to explain phenomena beyond the reach of current knowledge. But myths are much more than that. Like Daisy Buchanan's voice in The Great Gatsby they seem to be "deathless" songs moving through time and beyond time, inspiring and destroying, animating and eliminating. Our fascination with them is evident throughout recorded history and up to the present, where within the last thirty years we have seen major works on myth by writers such as Richard Slotkin, James Oliver Robertson, Northrop Page 4 Frye, Roland Barthes, and Claude Levi-Strauss.

The past is integrated into the myth of America when the songwriter evokes the symbol/image of the pilgrims and patriots. , the mythemes of freedom, opportunity, and equality). Vicki Eaklor says of the treatment of the American history in antiabolition songs: "Here one sees that preoccupation with the revolutionary past and its heroes that became central to the American self-image by 1960. Here too is the merging of Pilgrims, Puritans and rebels into one vague group'Founders'which telescopes all colonial history into a single experience" (1988, xxxiv).

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