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Early American Songs


Dickinson’s “Liberty Song”

John Dickinson of Delaware is generally credited with being the author of the first patriotic song in America. Dickinson was an ardent patriot, even though he did at first oppose the Declaration of Independence, because he doubted the policy of Congress “without some percursory trials of our strength.” He had long been active in public affairs as … Continue reading


Songs in Honor of Washington


The songs of the years following the Revolution show to what a great extent Washington was idolized. A “New Song” which appeared in the Philadelphia Continental Journal of April 7, 1786, was adapted to the tune of God Save the King:

God save great Washington His worth from ev’ry tongue Demands applause: Ye tuneful powers combine, And each true … Continue reading


Yankee Doodle Becomes an American Song


The battles of Lexington and Concord resulted in at least one important capture by the Colonial troops, for it was at this time that Yankee Doodle became an American song. Since the days of the French-Indian War the song had been used by the British to make fun of the colonials, “in their ragged regimentals”. The term “Yankee” was indeed … Continue reading


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