About this collection the library of congress classification number m1a1 includes music printed or copied in manuscript in the united states or the colonies through 1820 as an early record of musical life in america and the colonies this classification number holds many interesting popular and topical pieces. The term rock and roll was applied to several related forms of music broadly popular with youth starting in the mid 1950s some styles were already well established with certain audiences or used musical devices that had been around for some time but in the mid 1950s they achieved national popularity and soon became the driving forces in much of popular music. The library of congress web site contains many examples of digitized recordings and sheet music of spirituals the library of congress web site also houses a special digitized american choral music collection which features arrangements of spirituals by composers like henry t burleigh and r nathaniel dett. Select the highlighted states on this map to view a selection of sheet music pertaining to people places or events associated with that state during the civil war this can include songs about military figures battles and campaigns regiments and other state related events or sentiments. The online collections of the library of congress offer rich resources for the study of the civil war within the collections are images documents and sound recordings that help define this time
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