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Description: The image of the Irish in the United States changed drastically over time, from that of hard-drinking, rioting Paddies to genial, patriotic working-class citizens. 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. Because sheet music was a commercial item it had to be acceptable to the broadest possible song-buying public. "Negotiations" about their image involved Irish songwriters, performers, and pressured groups, on the one hand, and non-Irish writers, publishers, and audiences, on the other. Williams ties the contents of song lyrics to the history of the Irish diaspora, suggesting how ethnic stereotypes are created and how they evolve within commercial popular culture.Expand description
8vo, hardcover. No dj. Fine condition. Contents bright, crisp & clean,
8vo, hardcover. No dj. Fine condition. Contents bright, crisp & clean, unopened. xii, 311 p., illus. Contents: Dear harp of my country, the Irish origins--Romantic Irish popular songs in antebellum America--From teague to Paddy, the evolution of the stage Irishman--Ethnicity and parlor songs, Paddy compared--To the land we left and to the land we live in--The Irish and Vaudeville--The Irish American in post-Civil War song--The theater and songs of Edward Harrigan--Paddy in the alley--Irish America in search of an image--All that I want is in Ireland.