“The air seems to infatuate the ear”: Confederate Anthems, Union Battle Cries, and their Respective Contrafacta
Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Best Senior Thesis in Government
Bachelor of Arts
Professor Jack Pitney
Professor YouYoung Kang
@2019 Melia M Wong
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.”
Wong, Melia, "“The air seems to infatuate the ear”: Confederate Anthems, Union Battle Cries, and their Respective Contrafacta" (2019). CMC Senior Theses. 2128.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.