Individual Author Record
Name: Christian McWhirterPen Name: None Genre: History Born: 1978 in North York, Ontario, Canada Sites:
Illinois ConnectionMcWhirter moved to Springfield, Illinois, in 2013 to work at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library as part of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project.
Biographical and Professional InformationChristian McWhirter is an Assistant Editor for The Papers of Abraham Lincoln and Editor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. His first book, Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War (2012) was a selection of the History Book Club. He has also written articles for the New York Times Disunion blog, the Blackwell's Companion series, and Civil War Monitor.
- Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War, University of North Carolina Press, 2012
- On Lincoln's Mind: Leading the Nation to the Gettysburg Address, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2013
- On Lincoln's Side: Reelecting a Leader, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2014
Titles At Your Library
Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War (Civil War America)
ISBN: 1469613670 The University of North Carolina Press. 2014 Music was everywhere during the Civil War. Tunes could be heard ringing out from parlor pianos, thundering at political rallies, and setting the rhythms of military and domestic life. With literacy still limited, music was an important vehicle for communicating ideas about the war, and it had a lasting impact in the decades that followed. Drawing on an array of published and archival sources, Christian McWhirter analyzes the myriad ways music influenced popular culture in the years surrounding the war and discusses its deep resonance for both whites and blacks, South and North.
Though published songs of the time have long been catalogued and appreciated, McWhirter is the first to explore what Americans actually said and did with these pieces. By gauging the popularity of the most prominent songs and examining how Americans used them, McWhirter returns music to its central place in American life during the nation's greatest crisis. The result is a portrait of a war fought to music.
On Lincoln's Mind: Leading the Nation to the Gettysburg Address
ISBN: 0942579267 Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. 2013