'Twas Only an Irishman's Dream

'Twas Only an Irishman's Dream : The Image of Ireland and the Irish in American Popular Song Lyrics, 1800-1920

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Shows how Americans' opinions of Ireland and the Irish went from one extreme to the othershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 152.4 x 227.3 x 26.4mm | 547.41g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252065514
  • 9780252065514
  • 2,032,833

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In 'Twas Only an Irishman's Dream, William H. A. Williams traces the change in this image through more than seven hundred pieces of sheet music-popular songs from the stage and for the parlor-to show how Americans' opinions of Ireland and the Irish went practically from one extreme to the other.show more

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"This engaging social history underlines the role of popular music in the cultural negotiations of immigrant identity... Through its pages pass John McCormack, Ned Harrigan, George M. Cohan -- some of the greatest names in American popular music before the 1920s." Choiceshow more

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