Graduation Year

2019

Date of Submission

5-2019

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Government

Reader 1

Professor Jack Pitney

Reader 2

Professor YouYoung Kang

Rights Information

@2019 Melia M Wong

Abstract

During the Civil War, musical fluidity led to an outpouring of songs written about the

conflict. With every popular song came at least one set of alternate lyrics known as

contrafacta. In this thesis, I analyze Northern anthem “The Battle Cry of Freedom,”and

Southern anthems “The Bonnie Blue Flag” and “Dixie” and their contrafacta. Through

the lens of contrafacta, I analyze how the North and the South understood the terms

“liberty” and “freedom.”

Comments

Best Senior Thesis in Government

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.

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