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Music and War in the United States

Edited By

Sarah Kraaz

ISBN 9781138720572
Published January 7, 2019 by Routledge
342 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Music and War in the United States introduces students to the long and varied history of music's role in war. Spanning the history of wars involving the United States from the American Revolution to the Iraq war, with contributions from both senior and emerging scholars, this edited volume brings together key themes in this vital area of study. The intersection of music and war has been of growing interest to scholars in recent decades, but to date, no book has brought together this scholarship in a way that is accessible to students. Filling this gap, the chapters here address topics such as military music, commemoration, music as propaganda and protest, and the role of music in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), enabling readers to come to grips with the rich and complex relationship between one of the most essential arts and the conflicts that have shaped American society.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Part I Military and Domestic Music

1 The Revolutionary War: The Continental Army and its Music Raoul F. Camus

2 The Revolutionary War and War of 1812: Music for the Young Republic David Hildebrand

3 The Mexican American War: Music of Manifest Destiny Elizabeth Morgan

4 The Civil War: Music in the Armies Christian McWhirter

5 The Civil War: Popular Music in the North and South Bruce Kelley

6 The Spanish American War: Beginnings of Empire Sarah Mahler Kraaz

7 World War I: Music "Over Here" for "Over There" Jeffrey Wood

8 World War I: Marching into No Man’s Land with James Reese Europe and the

Harlem Hellfighters Michael D. Dinwiddie

9 World War II: Music as Propaganda and a Weapon of War Annegret Fauser

10 World War II: Swinging and Singing Gina Bombola

11 Korea 1950-1953: From World War to Cold War Ivan Tribe

12 Vietnam: Popular Music in the Field Doug Bradley

13 Vietnam: Music of Patriotism and Protest James Deaville

14 The War on Terror: Beyond 9/11 Kip Pegley

15 The War in Iraq Jonathan Pieslak

Part II Remembering: Music and Memory

16 The Civil War Memorialized Thomas J. Kernan

17 American Composers Respond to the Holocaust Ben Arnold

18 Music Therapy for Service Members and Veterans William Davis and Barbara Else

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Sarah Mahler Kraaz is William Harley Barber Distinguished Professor, Professor of Music, and College Organist at Ripon College in Wisconsin, where she teaches piano and organ as well as courses in music history, women in music, music and war, and music and art. Dr. Kraaz has researched and performed on historic organs in Italy, Germany, and Scotland. She is active as a composer of works for organ solo and choir, and she writes reviews and articles for The Diapason, an international journal devoted to the harpsichord, organ, and church music.


Music and War in the United States provides the first historical overview of music’s place in US conflicts. Its authors interrogate how musicians helped and hindered their military and the lasting impact of war upon the nation’s music. A compelling and highly informative study, it will also be an invaluable teaching resource for historians of US music and culture.

Emily Abrams Ansari, Western University, Canada