Songs, Odes, Glees, and Ballads: A Bibliography of American Presidential Campaign Songsters


No candidate for President of the United States was ever elected or rejected because of a song, but since the start of the 19th century the campaign song was used to promote candidates and make them more appealing to voters. These songs and ballads were usually set to the common tunes of their day and printed in books or pamphlets called "songsters." Until now, few serious studies of the American presidential campaign songster have been written. Miles' work brings a minimum of bibliographic control to its field by focusing on the campaign songster, a part of presidential campaigns from 1840 to 1964.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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