Music and War in the United States introduces students to the long and varied history of music's role in war. Spanning the history of wars involving the United States from the American Revolution to the Iraq war, with contributions from both senior and emerging scholars, this edited volume brings together key themes in this vital area of study. The intersection of music and war has been of growing interest to scholars in recent decades, but to date, no book has brought together this scholarship in a way that is accessible to students. Filling this gap, the chapters here address topics such as military music, commemoration, music as propaganda and protest, and the role of music in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), enabling readers to come to grips with the rich and complex relationship between one of the most essential arts and the conflicts that have shaped American society.

part I|2 pages

Military and Domestic Music

chapter 1|17 pages

The Revolutionary War

The Continental Army

chapter 3|13 pages

The Mexican–American War

chapter 4|13 pages

The Civil War

Music in the Armies

chapter 5|20 pages

The Civil War

Popular Music

chapter 6|16 pages

The Spanish–American War

chapter 7|20 pages

World War I

Over Here, Over There

chapter 8|19 pages

World War I

The Harlem Hell Fighters

chapter 9|20 pages

World War II

Music as Propaganda *

chapter 10|16 pages

World War II

Swinging and Singing

chapter 11|16 pages

Korea I

From World War to Cold War

chapter 12|17 pages


Popular Music in the Field

chapter 13|17 pages


Music of Patriotism and Protest

chapter 14|16 pages

The War on Terror

Beyond 9/11

chapter 15|15 pages

The War in Iraq

part II|17 pages


chapter 16|17 pages

The Civil War Memorialized

chapter 17|15 pages

American Composers Respond

The Holocaust