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Preserving the Past  

'I Hear America Singing'
By Sarah Lane
Apr 16, 2008, 17:34

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it would be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on
the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,

The woodcutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon
intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the
girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day --- at night the party of young fellows,
robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

~ Walt Whitman

In the spirit of the above poem and for the purpose of prolonging the American voice, the Library of Congress has assembled a collection showcasing the diversity of American performing arts. You’ll find collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials. Special presentations on selected topics will highlight some of the unique and unusual materials in the Library's collections. Explore Patriotic Melodies, The Gerry Mulligan Collection, Life in Nineteenth-Century Ohio, and Walt Whitman.

Visit this special section by
clicking here . . .

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