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Book Review — WHY WE LEFT: Untold Stories and Songs of America’s First Immigrants

WHY WE LEFT: Untold Stories and Songs of America’s First Immigrants. By Joanna Brooks. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2013. Folklorists have long studied the ballad (defined as a folksong that tells a story), but much of the scholarship has leaned towards either literary interpretations that explore ballad variation and classification or performative interpretations that … Continue reading

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