The Social Agenda of Stephen Foster's Plantation Melodies

  title={The Social Agenda of Stephen Foster's Plantation Melodies},
  author={Steven Saunders},
  journal={American Music},
  pages={275 - 289}
  • S. Saunders
  • Published 24 April 2013
  • History, Art
  • American Music
One of Stephen Collins Foster’s first published songs, “There’s a Good Time Coming,” offers one of the composer’s clearest statements on nineteenth-century culture and politics.1 The text—not by Foster, but by the Scottish-born poet and writer Charles Mackay—catalogues many of the chief cultural barriers of the nineteenth century, including ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, and gender. Its text proclaims hopefully: 
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