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Working Americans 1880-2011
Volume XII: Our History through Music


Working Americans 1880-2011: Volume XII: Our History through Music examines America’s history through music, from the Civil War to the present time. Profiles range from professional musicians and singers, composers, record executives and talent agents, theater performers, composers, instrument salesmen, radio personalities, record producers, along with the musical hobbyist, to offer a thought-provoking and interesting look at how music helped shape this country.

Profiles examine life at home, at work and in the community. The highly readable narrative is supported by hard facts and real life situations drawn from diaries, private print books, family histories, estate documents, magazine articles and more. These intriguing profiles are further supplemented with information on current events, community issues, pricing of the times and news articles to give the reader a broader understanding of what was happening in that individual’s world and how it shaped their life.

To further explore the life and times of these individuals, each chapter includes several other helpful elements:

  • Historical Snapshots: Chronicles major events and milestones, allowing the reader to develop a broader understanding of the time period.
  • Timelines: Defines the background and key events of a particular issue important to the time period.
  • News Features: Excerpted from the local media, these interesting articles bring to life current issues in music and highlight featured artists and musicians of the time.
  • Selected Prices: Examines what things cost during the time period, to further enrich the reader’s understanding. Prices include food items, clothing, jewelry, tickets for leisure activities and so much more.
  • Illustrations: Photographs, news clippings, advertisements, postcards, posters, quotes, songs and cartoons, add interest to each chapter and depth to the reader’s understanding of the world that the individual or family lived in.

The Working Americans series has enriched the collections of high school, public and academic libraries for over a decade. This new volume highlights American music and musicians, to depict the sound track of America – from Appalachia to the Big Apple, from the phonograph to I-Tunes.

Additional Volumes:
Working Americans 1880-2012 Volume I: The Working Class, Second Edition
Working Americans 1880-1999 Volume II: The Middle Class
Working Americans 1880-1999 Volume III: The Upper Class
Working Americans 1880-1999 Volume IV: Their Children
Working Americans 1880-2003 Volume V: Americans At War
Working Americans 1880-2005 Volume VI: Women at Work
Working Americans 1880-2006 Volume VII: Social Movements
Working Americans 1880-2007 Volume VIII: Immigrants
Working Americans 1770-1869 Volume IX: From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War
Working Americans 1880-2009 Volume X: Sports & Recration
Working Americans 1880-2010 Volume XI: Inventors & Entrepreneurs
Working Americans 1880-2011 Volume XII: Our History through Music
Working Americans 1880-2012 Volume XIII: Educators & Education


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