God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song

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Berlin deemed it too somber for the occasion.

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It was shelved until Smith came knocking. Berlin sold more than half a million copies of the sheet music in alone. After the United States entered World War II, she performed the song and others during radio marathons to raise money for war bonds. Then, as now, some listeners found the song jingoistic.

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On the night of the Sept. In the following days, singing the song became a statement of resilience at the New York Stock Exchange, Broadway stages and many other public places.

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After some time, the mandate ceased, but the Yankees kept playing Ms. That feeling of unity did not last long. In the month after Sept. For a time, the team responded by having ushers block the aisle exits with chains during the song to keep people from moving about, until an ejected fan sued and the team squashed the practice. Occasionally, the team would have live performances of the song, most memorably by the Irish tenor Ronan Tynan , who was dropped by the Yankees in after he admitted making an anti-Semitic remark.

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Then, this year, a fan sent an email to the Yankees flagging the racist songs Ms. And in vaudeville, she added, the performers who were prescribed the role of singing these songs were generally larger white women like Smith. Separate different tags with a comma. To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes. Please enable cookies in your browser to get the full Trove experience.

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Content Types still image text Carrier Types online resource volume Physical Description 1 online resource : illustrations black and white xiii, pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm. Subjects Berlin, Irving, Berlin, Irving, God bless America. Politisches Lied. Patriotic music -- United States -- History.

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