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Revolutionary War, thelocked

  • Kate Van Winkle Keller


Music played a vital part during the period of the Revolutionary War, beginning with emotional responses to the Stamp Act in 1765. In the tradition of writing new topical words to older songs, a fiery parody of a British song was posted on the gallows in Boston where effigies of the tax men were hanging. To a tune from the 1740s, it had several verses and a chorus that all the listeners could join in: “He who for a post or a base sordid pelf … sing tan-ta-ra-ra-ra, swing all, swing all.” Another from this period that enjoyed wide circulation was John Dickinson’s “Liberty Song” from ...

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