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Date of Award
Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted
Master of Arts (M.A.)
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Second Committee Member
Clayton M. Shotwell
A search of music history texts on American music, such as American Music: A Panorama, by Daniel Kingman, seems to ignore the music of 19th-century California. In Kingman's text, music of the Indians and of mission life is discussed, but music of California and, indeed, much of the western United States is left unexplored. I have found this to be the case in other texts as well. In fact, I have never found a text that discusses or even mentions music of the Gold Rush in California. Two reasons for this omission seem likely: the first is the paucity of information available and the second may be that the authors incorrectly assumed that, because all miners were emigrants, the music would not be original. The area of music I have chosen to discuss was, in fact, unique to the mining country of California in the first decade of the Gold Rush.
It is my hope that this thesis will be the starting point for further research on the music of the Gold Rush.
Wright, Gary K.. (1992). Parody songs of the California Gold Rush, 1849-1860 : the music and lyrics of Mart Taylor, John A. Stone and Dr. David G. 'Yankee' Robinson. University of the Pacific, Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/2232
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