This collection of song broadsides documents social movements and cultural norms in the U.K. and Ireland between the late 18th- and early 20th- centuries. Primarily focused on the early 19th- century, these broadsides include extensive topics concerning love, Irish home rule, British and Irish identity, religion, the Napoleonic Wars and many more topics.
Distributed at low cost to the public, broadside ballads are primarily textual, single-sided printed verse set to pre-existing, popular tunes and contain illustrative elements. Many were printed as multiples-per-sheet, with the intention of being cut and sold as individual songs.
Kenneth S. Goldstein was a folklorist, collector and chairman of the University of Pennsylvania department of Folklore and Folklife. Having received his B.A. and M.A. from the City College of New York, Goldstein earned his Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. Prior to his work in academia, Goldstein recorded artists like Lightnin' Hopkins and Brownie McGhee.
While Ole Miss has digitized Goldstein's UK and Irish broadsides, Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Popular Music has done so for his collection of American broadsides in their Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection of American Song Broadsides.
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