God bless America : the surprising history of an iconic song /
The song 'God Bless America' has come to inhabit our collective consciousness. This book tells the fascinating story behind the song, from its composition in 1918 by Irving Berlin, to its first performance by Kate Smith in 1938, to its post 9/11 popularity.
New York :
Oxford University Press,
- Introduction : something more than a song
- As the storm clouds gather : origin myths and hidden battles
- Grateful that we're far from there : Irving Berlin, Kate Smith, and the forging of an interventionist anthem
- Land that I love : early embrace, critique, and backlash
- Through the night (to the right) : the evolution of a conservative anthem
- My home sweet home : commemoration, coercion, and commerce after 9/11
- My home sweet home (plate) : baseball and "God bless America"
- Coda : as we raise our voices : the place of communal singing.