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"America, I Love You": Music and the Nation in 1915

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ConferenceSociety for American Music Annual Conference
CountryUnited States
CitySacramento
Conference date(s)4/03/158/03/15

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DateUnpublished - 7 Mar 2015
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In 1915, America straddled the threshold between two worlds. In one there had been peace, progressivism, and agrarian certainties; in the one to come there would be conflict, radicalism, and industrial upheaval. But first, there was the dilemma posed by the Great War: neutrality or engagement? Archie Gottler, a struggling songwriter, also stood on a threshold. In the wake of the Lusitania Gottler wrote a carefully neutral, fervently patriotic song: “America, I love you.” The history of its extraordinary success, in publications, performances and recordings, parallels the transformation from patriotism to militance that characterized the nation as a whole.

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  • World War I, Music, Popular song, Progressivism, Archie Gottler

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