The Ballad of America: The History of the United States in Song and Story

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VI

Between
The
Civil War
And The
First
World War

THE PERIOD BETWEEN the Civil War and the First World War was in some ways analogous to the Jacksonian era, but on a more stupendous scale. At the end of the war, in 1865, America turned with a kind of frenzy to economic expansion. Industrialization, given great impetus by the war, now proceeded with breath-taking speed. By 1900, the United States had forged to the top as the world's greatest power. By almost any standard of economic measurement—steel, coal, and oil production, railroad mileage, number of industrial workers, commercial turnover, and aggregate national income—she was ahead of Great Britain and Germany, her principal competitors.

At the same time, the Westward Movement continued and was brought to a close. In these years, the frontier pushed up the westward slopes of the Mississippi Valley, on to the High Plains. The fabulous Cattle Kingdom, comprising parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana, developed because of the demand for meat to feed America's teeming industrial population. The age of the cowboy came and went. Hard on the heels of the cattle men came farm settlers with plough and barbed wire, tearing up the grass

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  • The Ballad of America - The History of the United States in Song and Story *
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Note on the Music xiii
  • I - The Colonial Period 1
  • The British Heritage 7
  • Colonial Songs and Ballads 30
  • II - The American Revolution 53
  • III - The Early National Period 91
  • IV - Jacksonian America 124
  • Sea and Immigration 126
  • The Westward Movement 159
  • Slavery Days 190
  • V - The Civil War 216
  • VI - Between the Civil War and the First World War 253
  • Farmers and Workers 257
  • Immigrants 284
  • The Negro People 301
  • VII - Between Two World Wars 324
  • VIII - Since the War 362
  • Sources 381
  • Recordings 400
  • Afterword 419
  • Index of Titles and First Lines 429
  • General Index 433
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