"Patterson and Garst . . . have given us a valuable aid in understanding life in the rural South—not the life on Margaret Mitchell plantations, but that of the simple, industrious, Scotch Irish folks who are too often lost in the turbulent events of their time."
One of the rarest of these country songbooks, John McCurry's The Social Harp (1855) contains 222 pieces, mostly folktune settings, half of which were composed by McCurry and others in Hart County, Georgia. This facsimile reprinting is provided with appendices useful for the study of its sources and with an introduction containing information that throws light on the men who wrote for nineteenth-century American songsters and the reasons for the eventual neglect of their music.
Read more about antebellum music at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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