“Composed for a group of overland emigrants, who left Massachusetts, in the spring of 1849.”
Invaluable insights into one of the most famous singing families of the Antebellum era.
This LOC.gov songsheet shows us how Union partisans re-purposed Emmett’s 1859 minstrel walkaround: The opening lines establish reasons for
Shows how activist performers used music to advance their anti-slavery agenda during a tumultuous political season …
Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture
Account given by anonymous captured Confederate officer…
“At my request they sat down and sang, and when about half through, as I stepped to the door, a shell exploded within fifty yards…”
Stephen Foster’s anthem recounts “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in three verses.
…updates Dan Emmett’s “Jordan is a Hard Road to Travel” for an abolitionist audience.
Stephen A. Douglas (1858): “This Union will not only live forever, but it will extend and expand until it covers the whole continent, and makes this confederacy one grand, ocean-bound Republic…”
A humorous slather of wordplay and derision aimed at (former) confederate president Jefferson Davis…
Abraham Lincoln (April 10, 1865): “Our adversaries over the way attempted to appropriate it, but I insisted yesterday that we fairly captured it.”