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The Sources & Factors Influential In Forming America's Music.

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CHAPTER X.
Folk-songs — These Also a Branch of National Music — Character of Nations as Reflected in Their Folk-songs — Characteristics of American Folk-songs — Southern Plantation Music — John Howard Paine and " Home, Sweet Home" —Stephen C. Foster —"Old Folks at Home " — Other American Melodies — Music of American Indians.
The subject of national music can be di­vided into two large schools. In the pre­ceding chapters we have spoken chiefly of those songs which were calculated to inspire patriotism and martial ardour; but any song of the people, whatever its emotions may be, has a right to be classed as national music, and these folk-songs often give a picture of the nation which evolves them, more graphic than many historic pages.
The folk-song, therefore, spite of its sim­plicity, has a strength and beauty all its
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