Songs America Voted By: Campaign Songs of the 19th Century. A lecture by Linda Russell.
The political campaigns of the past were fueled by song. Tunes like "Jefferson and Liberty," "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," "Grover's Veto," and "You're All Right, Teddy" were sung with great gusto from porches and taverns across the land. They livened up street corners and torchlight parades. Campaign wordsmiths, often using popular melodies of the day, wrote catchy ditties that got stuck in our heads as we went to the polls. Balladeer Linda Russell traces our elections, from Jefferson's victory song through the Whigs Great Singing Campaign of 1840, to the ragtime melodies of Teddy Roosevelt's term. This lively program casts a unique look at how we got to know the candidates for political office in the days before mass media.
This lecture is a part of the Speakers in the Humanities program.
Grant program of the New York Humanities Council, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.