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Candace Bailey


“Silencing the Guns of War: Women’s Binder’s Volumes in the Library of Congress,” Candace Bailey, PhD, Professor of Musicology, North Carolina Central University

In this lecture, Candace Bailey examines bound collections of printed music from the Library of Congress to illustrate the music performed during the Civil War in Union areas near the nation’s capital. She hones in on those compiled by Annie Houseal, a music teacher in central Pennsylvania; Minna Blair, the daughter of Lincoln’s postmaster general Montgomery Blair; and Laura Cooke, the daughter of financier Jay Cooke. She demonstrates that “musicking” during the Civil War did not necessarily include music of the Civil War, even among those invested in its quotidian machinations.

In light of these findings, Dr. Bailey explores the meaning of “musicking” in Civil War parlors, considering such motivations as music to soothe trauma, to entertain, and to please.

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This lecture is presented as part of the ongoing American Musicological Society lecture series at the Library of Congress.

All events for the 2020-2021 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress will be presented virtually.
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