“Our popular Government has often been called an experiment…”
Harper’s Weekly‘s December 21, 1861 edition features (among many other images) this stunning centerfold of Winslow Homer’s “A Bivouac Fire on the Potomac”: Homer depicts an encounter between diverse American cultures — celtic, North African, West African, Afro-Caribbean — centered on the evening’s entertainments of dance, fiddle, and other camp pastimes.
Greatest hits from the first decade of their career…
An anthology of 100+ midcentury song sheets & lyrics drawn from primary sources…
“William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy”
“The growing of a new gourd in strange lands to replace the broken ones of the old, the crafting of strings to sound out new songs.”
Collects the recordings and ephemera of the OSQ (1909-1928), in all their shocking and confusing beauty…
Invaluable insights into one of the most famous singing families of the Antebellum era.
“Shipboard Work-Songs and Songs Used as Work-Songs from the Great Days of Sail”
Black Folk Music to the Civil War
“Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance”
“They found a secret door to take them into that world where the tears are wiped away…”