Author's School

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Author's Department/Program

American Cultural Studies

Language

English (en)

Date of Award

1-1-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair and Committee

Wayne Fields

Abstract

A consideration of three State Songs, ΓÇ£My Old Kentucky HomeΓÇ¥ by Stephen Foster, ΓÇ£Carry Me Back to Old VirginnyΓÇ¥ by James A. Bland, and ΓÇ£The Missouri WaltzΓÇ¥ with lyrics by James Royce Shannon. The combination of black dialect and negative stereotypes, with elevation to special status impacting identity, necessitated their alteration. Such change reflects societal response to the Civil Rights Movement, while a pragmatic view suggests these malleable artifacts have functioned, and continue to function, as ΓÇ£blue notes,ΓÇ¥ unsettling elements acting to stimulate discourse, becoming participants in the formation of identity and American cultural change.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.7936/K7513W58

Comments

Permanent URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7936/K7513W58

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