Thursday, 3/29, 4:15 p.m., “God Ble$$ Ameri©a: Contested Ownership of an Iconic Song”

“God Ble$$ Ameri©a”: Contested Ownership of an Iconic Song

Sheryl Kaskowitz, Visiting Lecturer in American Studies, will discuss her new book from Oxford University Press and the history of the song “God Bless America.”

“God Bless America” may have attained the status of an unofficial national anthem, but its roots in Tin Pan Alley tie it inextricably to the world of commerce. Written by Irving Berlin, it has earned millions of dollars in royalties since it was first published in 1938. This talk uses these hidden economics as a framework for examining parallels in the song’s reception during two distinct periods when “God Bless America” was embraced as the anthem of choice by the public: just before the U.S. entry into World War II, and just after the September 11th attacks.

Slosberg 212
Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Department of Music.

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