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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 10 Mar 2015
Event1915: Music, Memory, and the Great War - University of Illinois, Urbana , United States
Duration: 10 Mar 201511 Mar 2015


Conference1915: Music, Memory, and the Great War
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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

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